Biographical

Portrait of Homer Bush

Homer Bush 2BBlue Jays

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
7 1377 .285 .324 .358 .234 2.2
Birth Date11-12-1972
Height5' 10"
Weight180 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1997 NYA 24 10 11 11 2 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .364 .364 .364 .267 -0.3 0.3 -0.0
1998 NYA 25 45 78 71 17 27 3 0 1 33 5 19 0 0 2 5 6 3 .380 .421 .465 .305 6.9 -2.0 0.5
1999 TOR 26 128 523 485 69 155 26 4 5 204 21 82 6 3 8 55 32 8 .320 .353 .421 .256 14.9 19.0 3.2
2000 TOR 27 76 325 297 38 64 8 0 1 75 18 60 5 1 4 18 9 4 .215 .271 .253 .185 -22.4 5.5 -1.6
2001 TOR 28 78 291 271 32 83 11 1 3 105 8 50 6 4 2 27 13 4 .306 .336 .387 .248 5.9 5.8 1.1
2002 FLO 29 40 58 54 7 12 0 0 0 12 3 13 0 0 1 5 2 1 .222 .263 .222 .198 -0.6 -0.9 -0.1
2002 TOR 29 23 83 78 9 18 2 0 1 23 2 12 2 0 1 2 2 0 .231 .268 .295 .209 -4.7 -1.7 -0.6
2004 NYA 31 9 8 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .125 .000 .038 -1.6 -0.4 -0.2
Career409137712741763635051145657238208181156520.285.324.358.234-1.925.52.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1992 CSC A 108 385 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 WLO A 130 494 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .386 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 RCU A+ 39 176 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .406 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 WIC AA 59 259 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .343 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 MEM AA 108 453 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 LVG AAA 32 126 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .465 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 NYA MLB 10 11 .267 .278 .348 .431 .272 .364 97 0.1 0.3 0 0.3 -0.5 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
1997 COH AAA 0 301 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 LVG AAA 0 164 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NYA MLB 45 78 .305 .269 .340 .426 .265 .510 94 3.9 2.1 -0.1 -2.0 1.1 6.9 0.5 6.9 0.5
1999 TOR MLB 128 523 .256 .270 .340 .431 .260 .374 101 -2.2 14.6 0.5 19.0 1.3 14.9 3.2 14.9 3.2
1999 DUN A+ 0 16 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .385 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TOR MLB 76 325 .185 .271 .341 .443 .263 .266 94 -28.8 9.2 -0.5 5.5 -0.4 -22.4 -1.6 -22.4 -1.6
2001 TOR MLB 78 291 .248 .267 .333 .432 .265 .360 99 -3.7 8.0 -0.4 5.8 0.3 5.9 1.1 5.9 1.1
2001 DUN A+ 4 19 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SYR AAA 9 38 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 FLO MLB 40 58 .198 .256 .329 .395 .259 .293 95 -3.7 1.5 0.1 -0.9 1.7 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2002 TOR MLB 23 83 .209 .261 .325 .421 .262 .262 106 -4.5 2.2 -0.1 -1.7 -1.2 -4.7 -0.6 -4.7 -0.6
2004 NYA MLB 9 8 .038 .287 .345 .445 .258 .000 103 -2 0.2 0 -0.4 0.1 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2004 COH AAA 63 256 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1992 CSC A 385 37 86 10 5 0 18 13 85 14 11 .234 .266 .289 .054 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 WLO A 494 63 152 19 3 5 51 19 87 39 14 .322 .349 .407 .085 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 WIC AA 259 35 73 11 4 3 14 10 39 20 7 .298 .332 .412 .114 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 RCU A+ 176 37 54 10 3 0 16 9 29 9 2 .335 .383 .435 .099 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 MEM AA 453 53 121 12 5 5 37 15 83 34 12 .280 .305 .366 .086 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 LVG AAA 126 24 42 11 1 2 3 3 33 3 5 .362 .373 .526 .164 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 NYA MLB 11 2 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .364 .364 .364 .000 .267 -0.3 0.3 -0.0
1997 LVG AAA 164 25 43 10 1 3 14 7 40 5 1 .277 .317 .413 .135 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 COH AAA 301 36 68 10 3 2 26 25 56 12 7 .247 .312 .327 .080 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NYA MLB 78 17 27 3 0 1 5 5 19 6 3 .380 .421 .465 .085 .305 6.9 -2.0 0.5
1999 TOR MLB 523 69 155 26 4 5 55 21 82 32 8 .320 .353 .421 .101 .256 14.9 19.0 3.2
1999 DUN A+ 16 3 5 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 .357 .438 .500 .143 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TOR MLB 325 38 64 8 0 1 18 18 60 9 4 .215 .271 .253 .037 .185 -22.4 5.5 -1.6
2001 TOR MLB 291 32 83 11 1 3 27 8 50 13 4 .306 .336 .387 .081 .248 5.9 5.8 1.1
2001 SYR AAA 38 11 8 2 0 0 3 3 6 0 0 .250 .351 .312 .062 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 DUN A+ 19 4 6 0 0 0 2 2 3 1 0 .353 .421 .353 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 FLO MLB 58 7 12 0 0 0 5 3 13 2 1 .222 .263 .222 .000 .198 -0.6 -0.9 -0.1
2002 TOR MLB 83 9 18 2 0 1 2 2 12 2 0 .231 .268 .295 .064 .209 -4.7 -1.7 -0.6
2004 COH AAA 256 35 64 15 0 2 18 11 41 2 3 .275 .302 .365 .090 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NYA MLB 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 .000 .125 .000 .000 .038 -1.6 -0.4 -0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2003-02-24 2003-02-24 FA 0 0 Bilateral Hip Soreness - -
2001-06-26 2001-08-01 15-DL 36 32 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2001-04-05 2001-05-18 15-DL 43 37 Left Thumb Sprain - -
2000-09-07 2000-09-07 On-Alr 0 0 Right Hip Surgery Frayed Labrum 2000-09-07 -
2000-07-31 2000-10-01 60-DL 62 55 Left Hand Fracture - -
2000-05-22 2000-06-09 15-DL 18 16 Right Hip Strain Bothering Since Spring Training - -
2000-04-15 2000-04-20 DTD 5 5 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1999-04-11 1999-05-15 15-DL 34 32 Right Fingers Sprain Torn Ligament Index Finger - -
1996-05-21 1996-09-29 60-DL 131 117 Right Ankle Surgery Sliding 1996-05-18 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2002 TOR $3,375,000
2001 TOR $2,550,000
2000 TOR $1,450,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$7,375,000
3 yrTotal$7,375,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status

Details
  • re-signed 1/05 (minor-league contract) designated for assignment 6/04 contract purchased 5/04 signed as a free agent from SD 2/04 (minor-league contract) signed 12/02 (minor-league contract) released 9/02 claimed off waivers from TOR 5/02 designated for assignment 5/02
  • 3 year/$7.75M (00-02) $0.15M signing bonus
  • 01:$1.4M, 02:$2.5M, 03:$3.325M ($0.4M in 00, $1M in 01 & $1.6M in 02 deferred @ 1% below prime rate)

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
Weighted Mean???????????.000.000.000.0000.0?0.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2003 Bush’s defining characteristic is that he’s got a great baseball name, and he looks great in a baseball uniform—especially when you see those things associated with the opposing team. He signed a minor league contract with San Diego, where he’s a long shot to make the team as a pinch runner and defensive sub.
2002 Batting average fluctuates significantly from year-to-year—it’s the nature of the beast. Bush’s average has dipped below .298 only four times in 11 professional seasons, so most years he isn’t a total cipher, despite his hack-tastic ways. A more persistent problem is his inability to stay healthy, and not even Martinez’s infatuation with Bush’s little-ball skills can begin to justify paying big money to somebody who is essentially a part-time player.
2001 Homer Bush's 1999 and 2000 seasons represent the two ends of the spectrum for a player whose primary skill is hitting for average. The Jays have locked him up for two more years, so they're going to live or die by Bush's ability to slap 150 singles a season. Bush, Batista, and Alex Gonzalez give the Blue Jays a pretty expensive infield that is unlikely to be worth more than a win, maybe two, per season.
2000 The case against Bush, as made by performance analysts, is that he doesn’t have the plate discipline or power to put runs on the board. Implicit in this is that he is not a .320 hitter. Bush has almost 600 major-league at-bats with a career batting average of .328. Now, even if Bush hits .320, he’s not a great player--the walks and power still aren’t there--but he would be a good one. That Homer Bush may be good is a possibility we have to entertain. I still think the average is a fluke and expect he’ll hit .280 this year and really hurt the Jays.
1999 A career .378 hitter. OK, it's 82 at-bats, but when he’s telling his grandkids, do you think they'll care? Credit Torre for seeing what Bush could do-run, field, slap singles - and giving him a role he could succeed in. He's not going to hit like this every year, but as long as he's kept in his role he can contribute.
1998 What Chad Fonville aspired to be. Bush is not qualified for a major league job because he can’t hit. Limited range of skills makes him a poor bench player as well. He can run, and that attribute has carried him this far. In light of the Yankee second base situation, it may carry him to 500 at-bats in pinstripes.
1997 If he hadn’t gotten hurt (broken leg), he might have been the Padre second baseman by July. This is an indictment of Jody Reed, not an endorsement of Bush. Like Bruno, he’s moved up without being particularly impressive. He can hit for average but little else, and steal bases, but his ability to do so after the injury is a big question mark. The acquisition of Veras probably buries him.
1996  I think there's been an Oscar Azocar sighting. Judging from the walk rates of most of the Padre minor leaguers, he must be gainfully employed as a their roving hitting instructor. Homer's a prize pupil.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
BP Unfiltered: Ben Francisco's Darkest TimelineBen Lindbergh2013-05-28
The Lineup Card: 13 Bad Players Who Are (or Were) Still Fun to Watch and Root ForBaseball Prospectus2011-10-26
Prospectus Hit and Run: The Yankees' Virgin SpringJay Jaffe2011-06-27
The BP Broadside: The Most Disappointing Prospects of All Time, Part 2Steven Goldman2011-03-01
Transaction Action: Remembering The KidChristina Kahrl2010-06-04
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Roster CrunchesSteven Goldman2009-05-14
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Topping the Twins, Part DeuxSteven Goldman2008-02-18
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: The Biggest Booms and Busts?Dan Fox2007-11-08
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Joe Torre in a BoxSteven Goldman2007-10-22
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: Rookies and CyclesNate Silver2007-08-23
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: June 13-15, 2006Christina Kahrl2006-06-16
Prospectus Notebook: Tigers, YankeesBaseball Prospectus2005-12-28
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Claussen Pickle, Revisited: An Analysis of Traded Braves Prospects, 1990-2004Jay Jaffe2005-08-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 16-28, 2005Christina Kahrl2005-04-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Offseason - The EastsChristina Kahrl2005-02-14
The Claussen Pickle: An Analysis of Traded Yankee Prospects, 1994-2004Jay Jaffe2004-07-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: June 8-13, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-06-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTeams: A Critical Guide: Teams is Not Your Ex-Girlfriend EditionSteven Goldman2004-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: April 29-May 3, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-05-04
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 29-31, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-04-03
Prospectus Triple Play: Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh PiratesBaseball Prospectus2004-03-15
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: January 12-February 6, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-02-11
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Transaction Analysis, The WestsChristina Kahrl2003-02-05
Transaction Analysis: July 22-25, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-07-28
Transaction Analysis: June 13-17, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-06-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: June 6-8, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-06-10
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 20-22, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-05-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: April 30-May 11, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-05-13
Transaction Analysis: March 6-13, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-03-18
1998 Internet Baseball Awards Results: Your ballots have been counted, and the results are inGreg Spira1998-10-29


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Last night in Scranton, Gardner scored from 2nd on a ground out. Just got a great jump and kept running. When's the last time the Yankees had someone with speed like that? Rickey? (not that i'm expecting Rickey here, more like Brett Butler-lite)
(cult of basebaal from LAA of Pasadena)
The fastest player I ever saw in a Yankees uniform was Deion Sanders. I saw Gardner at Trenton several times and he didn't strike me as being that fast, though I did see him run down several balls crossing from right center to left center when the Thunder had a shift on a lefty hitter and the guy went the other way. Your overall point, though, that having that speed around would have some utility to the Yankees, either off the bench or in the lineup (Homer Bush style in the former case). I invoked the different vibe Ellsbury gives the Red Sox in the Sun article. I don't think Gardner is a potential Ellsbury, but some of the same idea applies. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)So, are you happy with the bench and bullpen Girardi cobbled together? No Cairo, no Mientkiewicz, no Villone, no Small... ah, sweet sanity. Any choices you would have made differently?
(Rich from Hoboken)
Maybe gambled on one fewer reliever and added Brett Gardner as a pinch-runner/defensive replacement. With Jason Giambi on the roster, you could find a use for Gardner pretty much every night. And despite his nice spring, I don't think he's ever going to be a regular, so I don't think turning him into Homer Bush '98 will cost him/the Yankees anything.

I do like the idea of taking both Ensberg and Duncan for platooning at both first and right, assuming that's what Girardi is going to do. (Steven Goldman)


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