dioner navarro cubsYesterday, Dioner Navarro hit three homers in his three at bats, and also walked. It was the first time a catcher did that from both sides of the plate during the day at Wrigley Field in a Cubs uniform without recording an out while the wind wasn’t blowing too hard and other some such ridiculous post-hoc narrative SINCE FOREVER.

More interestingly …

  • Navarro entered the day with a .636 OPS. He ended the day with an .871 OPS.
  • Navarro entered the day with an OPS+ of 72, which means the league average was 28% better than him. He ended the day with an OPS+ of 131, which means that the league average is now 31% worse than him.
  • Navarro doubled his home run total in one day, which wouldn’t be all that impressive in April, or if he hadn’t already had three home runs through 55 at bats (which is pretty good).


  • Despite that .871 OPS, Navarro’s BABIP remains just .195. That’ll happen when six of your 14 hits on the season are home runs, which do not figure into BABIP.
  • With six homers and a double, Navarro has as many extra-base hits as singles.
  • If he had enough plate appearances to qualify, Navarro’s .365 wOBA would be best on the Cubs by a good bit, and better than guys like Adrian Beltre, Mark Trumbo, Chase Headley, Andrew McCutchen, Matt Holliday, and on and on.
  • If he had enough plate appearances to qualify, Navarro’s .328 Isolated Power would be better than everyone in baseball not named Chris Davis. Indeed, the next guys in line are all at .300 or lower.


  • This season, Navarro has now homered once every 9.67 at bats. Barry Bonds homered once every 12.92 at bats.
  • Navarro’s career has spanned more than 2300 plate appearances. In once day, he raised his career OPS from .662 to .669. One. Game.

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