Jeff Mathis: Why Does He Play So Much?

We know Cesar Izturis can’t hit, but did you know there’s a major leaguer who he puts to shame with the bat? That would be the Angels’ Jeff Mathis, who gets significant playing time with LA despite being the worst hitter in baseball in recent years. Is there justification for that? His defense, perhaps? I looked into it at Beyond the Box Score today. Check it out.