Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 8/2/12
Former Practically Perfect Backup Catcher and current Rogers Sportsnet analyst/plus-plus website proprietor Gregg Zaun tweeted something last December that seemed very silly. So silly, in fact, that I remembered it roughly eight months longer than I remember most tweets. But now that we're two-thirds of the way through the season, what Zaun said is starting to sound slightly more persuasive. Just over a month after joining the Angels, Jerry Dipoto traded Mathis to the Blue Jays for Brad Mills. By that time, Mathis had been one of the worst hitters in baseball for the better part of a decade: from 2005 to 2011, only one player (Humberto Quintero) amassed at least 1,000 plate appearances with a TAv worse than Mathis’ .207. He was entering his age-29 season, and no one expected him to make any offensive improvement. No one, that is, except Gregg Zaun. I have seen the power in Mathis' bat. Scioscia made sure his catchers only cared about D. Why else would they trade ...
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