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.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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