The 7 Craziest Performance Bonuses in Sports History

Performance bonus provisions in pro athlete contracts can get pretty outlandish. STACK looks at seven of the wildest contract clauses in sports history.

Adam Dunn's Brick Hands Cost Him $50K

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Adam Dunn\'s Brick Hands Cost Him $50K

Adam Dunn was about one thing and one thing only—hitting home runs. Fielding was an activity he flailed around doing between blasting moonshots. As you might expect from a man nicknamed "Big Donkey," the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Dunn was far from graceful in the field. When the White Sox signed him in 2011, they knew he was a defensive liability. So they decided to include a $50,000 performance bonus if Dunn were to win a Gold Glove Award in Chicago. If they thought it would motivate him, they thought wrong. Big Donkey has recorded a negative defensive WAR (a statistic that measures overall defensive value) in every season of his 14-year career.


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