2B/SS Homer Bush
To most, Homer Bush is best remembered as one of the main pieces, along with pitchers Graeme Lloyd and David Wells, that the Jays received from the Roger Clemens trade to the New York Yankees back during the 1998-99 offseason. Having just caught on with the Yankees as a rookie, Bush was just coming off a championship-winning season with the Bronx Bombers in 1998 where he was used mainly as a pinch runner during the postseason.
Nevertheless, Bush never let that thought get to him as he went on to produce a strong statistical season with the Jays in 1999. In doing so, he stabilized his starting spot at second base with the ballclub, something that he probably would have found difficult to get previously in a stacked Yankees lineup consisting of Derek Jeter and Chuck Knoblauch. In 1999, Bush posted a solid .320 batting average, .774 OPS, along with 69 runs scored, 26 doubles, 4 triples, 5 home runs, 55 RBI and 32 stolen bases, as it appeared the Jays have finally found their second baseman of the future.
However, Bush was hampered by lingering injuries to his hip, along with separate hamstring and thumb injuries in the following two seasons. As a result, it severely limited his overall performance and effectiveness in the end. He was eventually waived by the ballclub in 2002, as he caught on with the Florida Marlins and later the Yankees again. But he was never able to replicate the success he had from his 1999 season and with his chronic hip injuries recurring, he ultimately retired by 2004.