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Dioner Navarro has hit three home runs today

May 29, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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OK, so the White Sox-Cubs game isn’t even over yet, but I had to write something about this. Cubs backup catcher Dioner Navarro, who’s making a rare start in place of Welington Castillo, has homered three times in three at-bats. Navarro walked in his other plate appearance and has driven in a total of six runs.

Just to put that in some context, Navarro has a lifetime .357 slugging percentage and his career-high is nine homers, which he hit in 2007 while logging 434 plate appearances in 119 games. During the past four seasons he has a total of 11 homers in 476 plate appearances spread over 160 games.

Yet today he took John Danks deep twice from the right side of the plate and then hit a shot off reliever Brian Omogrosso from the left side of the plate. And in doing so Navarro joins John Buck earlier this season and Victor Martinez in 2004 as the only catchers to homer three times in a game during the past decade.

What a world.

  1. pinkfloydprism - May 29, 2013 at 5:27 PM


    • raysfan1 - May 29, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Was the primary catcher for the Rays 2007-2009, an All Star in 2008, but most of his career has been spent as a light hitting back up, plays pretty good defense.

      • Marty McKee - May 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        He did a very nice job backing up Hanigan last year in Cincy when Mesoraco was suspended/demoted. OPSed .755 in 24 games. 2 HRs in 73 PAs.

      • pinkfloydprism - May 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        The internet needs a sarcasm font…

      • raysfan1 - May 29, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        Wouldn’t stop me. I figured there was a good chance you weren’t serious anyway. I just like playing the straight man sometimes.

  2. insidefastball - May 29, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Definitely a career game for this career back-up.

  3. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - May 29, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    John Buck didn’t have a 3 homer game this year

    • ptfu - May 29, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      You are correct. For this season, John Buck hasn’t even had a 2-homer game, let alone a 3-homer one.

      That said, Buck did hit 3 homers on April 28, 2010 for the Blue Jays against the A’s. Aaron Gleeman is living 3 years in the past…

  4. 13arod - May 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    he has been good for the cubs this year hitting homeruns all year

    • derklempner - May 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Really? Because before Wednesday’s game, he had a grand total of three home runs on the season. He doubled that to six today.

  5. pisano - May 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    With the looks of him, (highlights on ESPN) it seems he hasn’t missed any meals lately. I remember him when he came up with the Yankees about five years or so ago, and he looked half the size he is now, at least his stomach did.

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