Today in baseball unpredictability: Dioner Navarro hits three homers
Cubs backup catcher Dioner Navarro hit three homers Wednesday. Here are numbers to show how rare this performance was.
- 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.
- Navarro had never even had a game with two home runs, let alone three.
- His career high for homers in a season is nine. How about a third of that in one game?
- Navarro's career slugging percentage is .357. His slugging percentage Wednesday was 4.000.
- The last Cubs catcher to hit three homers in a game was George "Baron von" Mitterwald, who pulled off the feat April 17, 1974.
- 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.]
- Navarro also drove in six runs. His previous career high for RBI in a game was four.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.