Jeff Mathis plays for the Angels and has never been known for his prowess at the plate. And now an Angels blog “Halos Heaven” has proof that he might just be the worst Major League hitter of all-time. His numbers:
“So just for fun, let’s consider Jeff in his own place and time. The present day is sometimes called the “post-strike era,” referring to the 1994 players’ strike. It’s a totally arbitrary division, but there are some good reasons to stick with it. Teams didn’t settle on the current practices of pitching management (i.e. closers, five-man rotations, fixed pitch counts, etc.) until the nineties. There was also that little matter of guys sticking needles in their behinds. I’m not convinced the run scoring increases in the post-strike era can be conclusively pinned on steroids, but you can make of it what you will.
Well then, how does Jeff Mathis fit in among his contemporaries?
- .200 AVG: absolute worst in the post-strike era (by 12 points!)
- .267 OBP: absolute worst in the post-strike era
- .313 SLG: 13th worst in the post-strike era
- .583 OPS: absolute worst in the post-strike era
- 53 OPS+: absolute worst in the post-strike era
If batting averages are your thing, then Mathis is the worst hitter in modern history by a very large margin. Looking beyond that, his career 7.6% walk rate and .116 isolated power are actually not horrible. They might even look decent on a player with a high average, but Jeff’s OPS (and hence OPS+) is dragged to oblivion by his pitiful batting average.”