Dave Bush

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Dave Bush
Dave Bush 2009.jpg
Bush with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009
Born: (1979-11-09) November 9, 1979 (age 39)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 2, 2004, for the Toronto Blue Jays
KBO: June 6, 2012, for the SK Wyverns
Last appearance
KBO: October 4, 2012, for the SK Wyverns
MLB: April 7, 2013, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Win–loss record56–69
Earned run average4.73
KBO statistics
Win–loss record4–6
Earned run average4.43

David Thomas Bush (born November 9, 1979) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, and Philadelphia Phillies. Bush also played for the SK Wyverns of the KBO League.

Early life[edit]

Bush graduated from Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania[1] and played college baseball at Wake Forest University where he was a double major in psychology and sociology.

Baseball career[edit]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 4th round of the 2001 amateur draft, but did not sign. The following year he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2nd round of the amateur draft.

He pitched two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, compiling a 10-15 record and a 4.15 ERA.

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

He was traded along with Gabe Gross and Zach Jackson to the Milwaukee Brewers for first baseman Lyle Overbay and minor league pitcher Ty Taubenheim.

On August 11, 2010 in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bush became the third player in Major League history to allow four straight home runs, behind Paul Foytack and Chase Wright.

Bush became a free agent after the 2010 season.

Texas Rangers[edit]

On January 30, 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers as their long reliever. He was designated for assignment on July 1, 2011.[2] He was released on July 6.[3]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

He signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs on July 15.[4] He opted out of his contract on August 11, after appearing in five games for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, recording a 6.14 ERA.[5]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On August 14, 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. On June 5, 2012, Bush opted out of that contract to pitch for the SK Wyverns of the KBO.[6]

SK Wyverns[edit]

On June 6, 2012, it was announced that he signed with SK Wyverns of Korea Baseball Organization.[citation needed]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

Bush signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in December 2012. Bush started the 2013 season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, but the Blue Jays brought him up on April 6 when Jeremy Jeffress was designated for assignment.[7] Bush was designated for assignment on April 8, 2013.[8] Bush cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.[9] He became a free agent on October 1.

Near misses[edit]

On three instances in Bush's career he has flirted with a no-hitter, taking it beyond seven complete innings. The first was on July 20, 2004, while pitching with the Blue Jays in only his third major-league starting appearance. He pitched 71/3 innings against the Oakland A's until Damian Miller, his future teammate with the Brewers, singled against him. In Milwaukee, Bush's next opportunity came against his former team, Toronto, on June 19, 2008. Lyle Overbay, the man Bush was traded for, led off the eighth inning with a triple to end the bid. In an April 23, 2009 game against the Philadelphia Phillies, he once again took the no-hit bid 71/3 innings before giving up a home run to Matt Stairs.[10]


  1. ^ "Dave Bush Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Fraley, Gerry (2011-07-01). "Rangers activate Hunter; designate Bush". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  3. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Rangers Release Dave Bush". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  4. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Cubs Sign Dave Bush". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  5. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Dave Bush Elects Free Agency". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  6. ^ Adams, Luke. "Phillies To Sign Dave Bush". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  7. ^ "Blue Jays send Jeffress to triple-A, recall Bush". April 6, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Roy, Kieran (April 8, 2013). "Jays Claim 1B Mauro Gomez; DFA Dave Bush". Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  9. ^ "Dave Bush sent to Triple-A". April 9, 2013. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  10. ^ McCalvy, Adam (April 23, 2009). "Another ex-Brewer thwarts Bush's no-no".

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