Today in baseball unpredictability: Dioner Navarro hits three homers

ioner Navarro hit three homers Wednesday afternoon.
Dioner Navarro hit three homers Wednesday afternoon. (USATSI)

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Cubs backup catcher Dioner Navarro hit three home runs in Wednesday afternoon's 9-3 victory over the crosstown White Sox. It was a truly "you can't predict baseball" moment. Let us count 10 ways:

  1. Navarro entered the game with 44 career home runs in 2,066 at-bats. That is, he had one homer for every 47 at-bats previously in his career. On Wedneday, Navarro homered in his only three at-bats.
  2. Navarro had never even had a game with two home runs, let alone three.
  3. His career high for homers in a season is nine. How about a third of that in one game?
  4. Navarro's career slugging percentage is .357. His slugging percentage Wednesday was 4.000.
  5. The last Cubs catcher to hit three homers in a game was George "Baron von" Mitterwald, who pulled off the feat April 17, 1974. 
  6. The only two previous catchers in the past decade to hit three homers in a game were John Buck (4/29/10) and Victor Martinez (7/16/04). [NOTE: This only includes players who were actually catching, not catchers who were serving at a different position.]
  7. Navarro also drove in six runs. His previous career high for RBI in a game was four.
  8. Only 15 catchers in history have had at least three homers and six RBI in a game. Click here for the full list, prior to Wednesday's addition of Navarro. 
  9. Navarro also scored four runs. If you pare the above list to catchers who had a game with at least three homers, four runs and six RBI, he's the third all-time to accomplish such a feat, after Walker Cooper (7/6/49) and Gene Oliver (7/30/66).
  10. Finally, Navarro -- again, a backup catcher for a team that is now 21-30 -- hit more home runs Wednesday afternoon than the entire Royals team has collectively hit since May 15. 

Thank you once again for being awesome, baseball.

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