Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
With his ability to take a walk, Stubbs only needs to hit around .240-.250 to be an extremely productive player (accounting for defensive value).
If he keeps making quality PAs, the numbers will take care of themselves.
Simplistic view IMO.
When he doesn't hit for power, and by power I mean .400+ slg he won't draw the walks. As a leadoff hitter he was fighting his instincts with his idea of what a leadoff hitter should be. IMO he was thinking it too much. lower in the order his idea is drive in runs, and his natural instincts take over. His OBP is still pretty bad, but climbing as pitchers are respecting his speed/power combo more.
Look at his numbers throughout his career. He's always been better lower in the order. Not a little better, but light years better.