At first glance it would not seem that a 3 year, $6 million contract could qualify for a Swing Badder nomination. To bring it in perspective the year was 1991. The average player salary was slightly above $800,000.
Up until free agency, Stubbs had never made more than $300,000 in a year. His record was mostly below average. In his one good year he only batted .261. Despite all this the Milwaukee Brewers signed him to a 3 year, $6 million contract. His annual pay went from $300,000 to $2 million with 3 years guaranteed.
As could be predicted this turned out to be a total disaster. The first year, he batted .213 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs. The second year he batted .229 with 9 home runs.
After batting .220 in two years, the Brewers released him. Looking back Stubbs was a part time player earning below the league average most of his career. Because of one season hitting .271 with 23 home runs, he was able to pocket $3 million from the Milwaukee Brewers for what can only be described as two terrible and disappointing years. Looking at his history one can only say to the Brewers “What were you thinking?”