Feb 22, 2011; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Matt Bush (44) during photo day at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Getting Rid of Matt Bush Not a Baseball Move, But The Right Thing To Do

The Rays had nothing to lose at all by keeping Matt Bush on their restricted list. He didn’t count towards their 40-man roster and they weren’t paying him anything. So why did they release him? If the Rays are all about efficiency, why get rid of a reliever with an electric arm for nothing if there’s the slightest chance he could contribute to their ballclub? The answer is that even when you’re looking at the players in your organization, baseball isn’t the only determining factor. Not every player is a great person. But there’s a minimum standard they have to maintain, and Matt Bush crossed that line by a mile. He drove drunk while having his license suspended and sent an old man to the hospital in critical condition. And he has been trouble everywhere he has gone since being the 1st overall pick in the 2004 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. No team wants to have anything to do with a player like that no matter how talented he may be. Even if Bush gets out of jail soon, the Rays and the rest of Major League Baseball will not be calling.

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