I am an MLB legend who won the World Series, but I left to work an ordinary job ensuring players’ dreams come true.
Home Bush, 50, gave up baseball in 2005 after seven seasons in the Major League Baseball.
Bush made his Major League debut in 1997 with the New York Yankees after spending the previous six years moving between Minor League organizations.
He won the World Series the following year as the Yankees swept the Padres.
Bush played for the Toronto Blue Jays for slightly over three seasons after spending two seasons in the fabled pinstripes. He spent a brief time with the Florida Marlins before missing the 2003 season due to injuries. He made a comeback with the Yankees in 2004.
He eventually retired after just one more season, at the age of 32.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Bush then worked for Merrill Lynch for two years as a financial counselor before eventually making a comeback to baseball.
Before accepting the position of Director of Youth Programs with the Texas Rangers, he went on to coach with the MLB’s Eugene Emeralds. After spending a year in Texas, he appeared to take a break from baseball for five years before agreeing to coach the MLB Draft team, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
He took over as manager of the Staten Island FerryHawks of the Atlantic League a year later.
Bush told amNewYork that the occasion was truly once in a lifetime.
Everyone wants to play affiliated ball, but even if I’m close, I feel like a player who is still on the road to success.
“I just feel like that dream might come true if I work hard and help players advance to the next level, win some games, and grow the game of baseball in Staten Island,” the athlete said.
Bush later clarified that he had considered leaving a legacy at his age.
Not just with my family, but also with baseball, he said. As a result of my research into data, science, and baseball, I have some ideas I’d want to share with coaches and young players that I believe would significantly improve their performance on the field.
Of course, I also want to express some thoughts I have off the field.Imagine if I make it there and spend a few years coaching the FerryHawks on Staten Island, and players and families can say, “Hey Homer helped me and the FerryHawks helped me with my path,” to play D-1 baseball, minor league baseball, or even in the majors.
That sounds really great.