posted on Jun, 22 2004 @ 01:20 PM
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Matt Bush, the top pick in the baseball draft two weeks ago, was suspended indefinitely by the San Diego Padres on Monday, a day
after he was arrested at a bar in Peoria, Arizona.
The 18-year-old Bush was arrested at McDuffy's, located across the street from the Peoria Sports Complex, at 12:32 a.m. Sunday for investigation of
trespass, disorderly conduct and assault, said a spokeswoman for the Peoria Police Department, who identified herself only as Sherril. She refused to
release any other information. Bush, who was assigned to the Padres' rookie-level affiliate in Peoria, won't be able to play during the suspension,
general manager Kevin Towers said.
Towers said the Padres were disappointed.
"The one thing that we try to do here, and it's very important not only at the amateur level but at the major league level, is the type of
individual we bring into this organization is very important,"
Towers said Monday night.
"We want people to be real positive role models for kids and set good examples and represent not only the San Diego Padres, but professional
baseball and San Diego in a very professional manner, and this is not a real good early indicator of something like that."
Bush, who starred as a shortstop at San Diego's Mission Bay High, was taken with the first pick in the draft on June 7. He agreed to a $3.15 million
Towers, who spoke glowingly of Bush on draft day, was asked if the arrest changed his opinion of the player.
"It certainly hasn't helped,"
Towers said. "He has yet to even play a game yet. These aren't some of the things that you like to see happen
to a young man who's about ready to start his career. And it's not just for the kid. He's got teammates and people who are probably looking up to
somebody like him to set an example. It's going to be very difficult."