Dioner Favian (Vivas) Navarro... Married...With his wife, established the Dioner Navarro Family Foundation in 2009, which includes as one of its main beneficiaries St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, FL... In 2003, his wife suffered a brain aneurysm and was given a slim chance to live, but recovered fully at St. Joseph's… Since then, has worn uniform number 30 in recognition of September 30, 2003, the day the doctors said she was expected to pass away… Is a natural right-handed batter, but started switch-hitting at age 13.
Finished his second season with Toronto and 12th in the major leagues. ... Appeared in 39 games (34 starts) at catcher and 11 (10 starts) as the designated hitter (.289, 11-32). ... Batted .278 (10-36) with three home runs and five RBI against lefties, compared to .237 (32-135) with two homers and 15 RBI vs. right-handers. ... Threw out 36.4 percent (8-22) of attempted base stealers. ... Recorded a season high three RBI on 4/10 at Baltimore and 7/3 at Detroit. ... Was placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring on 4/22 … was sent to Class AAA Buffalo on a rehab assignment on 5/28, appearing in five games … was returned from his rehab assignment and activated from the disabled list on 6/2. ... Homered in back-to-back games from 6/22-23 at the Rays. ... Matched a career high with an eight-game hitting streak from 9/1-28 (third time, last 4/19-30/14). ... Connected on a game-tying home run in the ninth inning (off Andrew Miller) on 9/22 vs. New York-AL … it was his fourth career game-tying or go-ahead homer in the ninth or later. ... Appeared in his third career postseason, hitting .077 (1-13) with a double and run scored. ... Went 1-5 (.200) in two games during the ALDS vs. Texas and 0-8 over three games in the ALCS vs. Kansas City
Played in a career-high 139 games this season…Recorded career-highs in hits (132), RBI (69), and tied his career-high with 34 XBH (22-2B, 12-HR)...Finished the season 4th among qualified AL hitters in batting average with RISP, posting a .343 clip in 134 ABs with RISP...Finished 5th on the team with 34 multi-hit games, 4th on team with nine games of 3+ hits...Posted his highest WAR (Fangraphs, 2.0) since 2008 (2.2 with TB)...As a catcher, finished 3rd in the AL with a .267 batting average, 4th with 105 hits, and 5th with 56 RBI...At Rogers Centre, he hit .300 (75-250) with a .789 OPS… On the road, he hit .247 (57-231) with a .630 OPS...As DH, he hit .301 (22-73) this season...Tied his career-high with an eight-game hit streak from April 19-30...Batting just .154 (4-26) in May after posting a .314 average (27-86) in April...In 22 April Games, hit .314 (27-86)...Had his career-high tying eight game hit streak snapped May 1 at KC…Hit .452 (14-31) over the streak...Struck out for the 1st time this season April 10 vs. HOU, a span of 33AB...Stole a base in the 7th inning (11th career) April 9 vs. HOU…Was his first SB since Sept. 7, 2009 vs. NYY...His gap between steals was 4 years & 214 days, longest stretch between SB by a catcher since Koyie Hill went 6 years & 30 days (Aug. 16, 2004 - Sept. 15, 2010).
Posted career-highs with a .300 average (min 20 AB) and 13 home runs. Played in 89 games, the highest total since appearing in 115 contests in 2009 with TB. Hit a combined .319 (67-210) from May 1 until the end of the season with a .877 OPS. Batted .279 vs. RHP and .361 against LHP, the highest mark since he hit .435 in 2005…Was productive with runners in scoring position posting a .319 average on the year with 3 home runs and 22 RBI.
After signing a minor league deal with the Reds, January 16, Dioner split the campaign between Triple-A Louisville and
Cincinnati, appearing in 24 games (16 starts) during two stints with the big league club...Posted a .290 batting average (20-for-69) with three doubles, a triple,
two homers, 12 RBI and a .755 OPS in 24 games with Cincinnati ...
batted .327 (16-for-49) vs. right-handed pitching.
...Made four appearances (two starts) with the Reds, August 4-8, while
Devin Mesoraco was on the seven-day concussion disabled list ... was
promoted again, August 21, when Mesoraco began a two-day suspension, and made 20 appearances (14 starts) the rest of the season.
...In his last 19 big league games of the season, hit .322 (19-for-59) with
three doubles, a triple, a homer and nine RBI.
...In Cincinnati's 2-1 victory, September 27 vs. Milwaukee, became the
first Reds player to produce a game-ending triple (off John Axford) since
Reggie Sanders accomplished the feat September 7, 1993 vs. St. Louis.
...Made two appearances in the N.L. Division Series vs. San Francisco,
including a start behind the plate in Game Four ... batted .250 (1-for-4)
with a walk.
...Named an International League All-Star.
...Batted .319 (66-for-207) with Louisville ... has 12 doubles, five home
runs, 32 RBI and an .832 OPS in 62 games, earning International
League mid-season All-Star honors.
...Twice landed on Louisville's disabled list, April 29-May 7, with kidney
stones, and July 16-25 with a strained left hamstring.
Led all Major League catchers with 5 pickoffs (54g, 46gs at C)...began the season on the Dodgers' disabled list with a strained right oblique suffered during spring training...missed LAD's first 23g before he was reinstated on 4/25...on 8/23 was designated for assignment and on 8/30 was released.
Split the season between the Majors and Triple-A Durham and made his fourth consecutive Opening
Day start for the Rays ... Was optioned to Durham on June 25 and remained there until rosters expanded on Sept 1 ... cwas
batting .210 with one home run and seven RBI when he was optioned to Durham ... Made 36 starts at catcher, his fewest since joining the Rays and the first time since 2006 he did not
lead the team in games caught ... Threw out 35 percent (7-for-20) of runners
attempting to steal, the highest success
rate among Rays catchers. ... Hit his lone home run of the season on
June 9 vs. Toronto off Shaun Marcum from
the right side of the plate. ... Served a two-game suspension (April
27-28) for his on-field actions April 23
vs. Toronto when he was ejected by
home plate umpire Dan Bellino in the 6th
inning ... cwas his first career ejection. ... Played in 43 games for the Bulls, 35 at
catcher, and hit .284 with a .387 OBP ... Reported to Spring Training healthy after
undergoing surgery on Oct 28, 2009 to
stabilize the ulnar nerve in his left elbow.
His .218 batting average was 219th out of 222
major leaguers with 400 or more plate appearances
and his .261 on-base pct. was 221st...His batting average decreased 77 points from
2009 (.295 to .218)...average was above .230
only one day all season (April 13)...Batted .279 (39-140) from the right side...only
3 major league catchers (min. 100 AB) hit for
a higher average vs. lefties: MIN Joe Mauer
(.345), NYY Jorge Posada (.290) and FLA
Ronny Paulino (.290)...batted .182 (43-236)
as a lefty...he hit .308 left-handed in 2008...a
natural right-handed hitter, he is a .273 hitter
(115-422, 15-HR) from the right side and .246
(300-1,224, 18-HR) from the left side...Made 105 starts, all behind the plate, his fewest
since 2006...Threw out 19 of 80 base stealers (23.7 percent),
a decrease from his career average entering
the season (27.5) and his rate in 2008 (35.7)...Committed 3 errors June 6 at NYY, tying the
club record (5th time, last Josh Wilson on
Sep 1, 2007 at NYY)...it is a club record for a
catcher...last ML catcher to commit 3 errors
was CLE Einar Diaz on June 1, 2001 at NYY...His 8 sacrifice bunts were tied with LAA Jeff
Mathis for 2nd among major league catchers
behind DET Gerald Laird (10)...he had nearly
one-third of the Rays sac bunts (8 of 25)...had
one bunt single giving him 8 as a Ray...only 2
other Rays catchers have recorded bunt singles:
Toby Hall (2) and Mike DiFelice (1)...Homered Oct 3 off NYY Andy Pettitte, giving
him one more than in 2008...Batted .308 vs. the National League including
.407 (11-27) in NL parks...Career average in extra innings is a .379
(11-29) with 3 HR, 11 RBI and a .724 SLG,
which ranks 14th among active players...as a
Ray has batted .385 (10-26), 2nd best in club
history (min. 25 AB) behind Carl Crawford's
.393 mark...went 2-for-6 in 2009.
Tied his career high with .. 4 hits, a homer and
3 RBI off Ricky Nolasco in Rays 15-2 win
May 22 at FLA...On Oct 28, Dr. Koco Eaton performed surgery
to stabilize the ulnar nerve in his left elbow...
he is expected to be fully recovered by spring
Twenty-four-year-old catcher enjoyed a
breakout season in his second full year with
the Rays, earning AL All-Star honors.
Hit .295, which ranked 2nd among AL catchers
(min. 400 AB) trailing only MIN Joe Mauer
(.330)...that also led all Rays hitters with at
least 400 AB...his average remained at .300 or
better every day of the season until Aug 12.
Caught 35.7 percent (25 of 70) of runners attempting
to steal, ranking 3rd in the majors
(2nd in AL) behind NYY Jose Molina (43.2 percent)
and MIL Jason Kendall (39.6 percent)...
for comparison, the MLB average was 22.3
percent...allowed the fewest stolen bases (45)
of any AL catcher with at least 100 starts.
Compiled a .994 fielding pct., 5th among AL
catchers...made first error of the season on
July 1 vs. BOS, in his 428th chance...it was a
throwing error on a bunt single by Jacoby Ellsbury...
until then, he was the only qualifying AL
catcher without an error.
Had two game-winning RBI against the Red
Sox, coming one week apart, to become the
first player with two game-winning RBI in the
9th inning or later against the Red Sox in a season
since TOR Tony Batista in 2000...on Sep
9, he drove in the winning run (Fernando Perez)
with a 9th-inning double off Jonathan Papelbon
at Fenway...on Sep 16 vs. BOS, tagged
Justin Masterson in the 9th for a walk-off
bases-loaded single over the head of CF Coco
Crisp, scoring Jason Bartlett...put the Rays
back on top of the AL East with a 1.0-game
lead...was the Rays 11th and final walk-off victory
of the season, tying the team record.
Spent 16 games on the 15-day DL, April 5-21,
with right hand lacerations he suffered April 4
at Yankee Stadium when he slipped in the dugout
between innings and sliced his ring and
middle fingers...returned to the lineup April 22
vs. TOR at Disney and collected 3 hits.
On May 8 at TOR, belted his 2nd career grand
slam in the 13th inning off Shawn Camp,
powering the Rays to an 8-3 win...was the
Rays first-ever grand slam in extra innings...
became the 13th player all-time to hit a grand
slam in the 13th inning and the first AL player
since TOR George Bell in a 9-4 win over Seattle
on July 9, 1985...had 2 bases-loaded plate
appearances in May and cleared the bases
both times - also a go-ahead double in the 8th
inning May 20 at OAK, providing all 3 runs in
the 3-2 win.
Has hit .292 (177-606) since the 2007 All-Star
break, trailing only Minnesota's Joe Mauer
among AL catchers in that span...entered
the '07 break hitting .177 with 1-HR, 13-RBI, a
.238-OBP and .254-SLG.
Had one of the best offensive seasons ever
by a Rays catcher...his 126-H, 27-2B, 34-BB,
.295-AVG and .349-OBP as a catcher all set
single-season club records for the Rays.
Compiled a career-high 9-game hitting streak
Aug 30-Sep 13 (G2), batting .358 (14-39).
Matched his career-high 4 hits twice - June 9
at LAA (4-for-5, HR, 4-RBI, 2-2B, 3-R) and Sep
4 vs. NYY (4-5, 2B, R)...in the June 9 game,
also tied career highs with 3-R and 4-RBI...his
homer off Joe Saunders capped off the Rays
first-ever back-to-back-to-back HR, following
Evan Longoria and Willy Aybar...Rays went on
to beat the Angels, 13-4.
On Aug 5 vs. CLE, was part of a second 3-HR
inning for the Rays...Longoria homered, followed
by back-to-back shots by Cliff Floyd
His 12th-inning RBI single Aug 14 at OAK off
Santiago Casilla proved decisive in the 7-6
Rays went 70-43 (.619) with him starting at
catcher...went 27-21 (.563) without him.
Hit over .300 in 4 of 6 months: .400 in March/
April, .333 in May, .314 in July and .317 in September...
hit .194 (13-67) in August dropping
his avg. from .313 to .290.
Hit .333 (5-15) with 1-HR, 7-RBI in extra innings
in 2008...career in extras is a .391 hitter (9-23)
with 3-HR, 11-RBI, 2B, 4-R, .826-SLG.
Had 2 bunt singles giving him 7 as a Ray...only
2 other Rays catchers have recorded bunt singles:
Toby Hall (2) and Mike DiFelice (1).
Became the first Rays catcher ever to make
the All-Star Team in 2008...went 1-for-4 with
a walk in the All-Star Game, including a 15thinning
single that was part of the AL's gamewinning
rally...caught 8 innings and threw out
WAS Cristian Guzman trying to steal.
Became the 9th switch-hitting catcher to
make an All-Star Team (Johnny Estrada, Todd
Hundley, Victor Martinez, Jorge Posada, Ted
Simmons, Mickey Tettleton, Jason Varitek,
Butch Wynegar)...was the 9th All-Star from
Caracas, Venezuela (Chico Carrasquel, Andres
Galarraga, Freddy Garcia, Ramon Hernandez,
Magglio Ordoñez, Francisco Rodriguez,
Ugueth Urbina, Omar Vizquel).
Was the 4th-youngest Ray ever to make it
(Kazmir, 22 in 2006; Longoria, 22 in 2008;
Crawford, 23 in 2004)...with 3 All-Stars
(Longoria, 22; Kazmir, 24) age 24 or younger,
the Rays became just the 5th team since 1963
to have 3 players 24 or younger on an All-Star
Team, first since the 1986 Mets.
Caught every inning of all 16 games for the
Rays in 2008...hit a team-high .293 (min. 50
AB) with 5-RBI, 4-2B and 4-R overall.
At 24, became the youngest starting catcher
for an American League champion club since
BAL Andy Etchebarren in 1966 (23).
Hit safely in each of the last 7 games, from
Game 6 of the ALCS thru the end (9-23, .391).
Batted .400 (6-15) in the ALDS vs. Chicago...in
Game 2 at home, went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI (RBI
single, RBI double).
After the All-Star Break had the third-best average
among regular starting American League
catchers (.285) behind New York's Jorge Posada
(.355) and Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski (.286) ... his
.475 slugging mark after the break was also 3rd
among major league catchers ... also had 8 homers and 31 RBI in the second half ... batted .177
with one homer and 13 RBI before the break ...
Starting with May, increased his average each
month through September: May (.143), June
(.185), July (.203), August (.281), September
Started a career-high 110 games ... Threw out 24 of
71 attempted base stealers ... his eraser rate of 25.3% was 12th best in
the majors ... for comparison's sake, the major
league average for catchers in 2007 was 22.0%
... threw out Ichiro trying to steal on back-to-back
nights at Seattle, Sep 15-16 ... the 7-time
All-Star was caught only six other times all season ...
career as a Ray, has thrown out 42 out of
121 (34.7%) ...
Batted .241 (26-109, HR-5) as a right-handed hitter and
.221 (62-280, HR-4) as a left-handed
hitter ... was nursing a sprained right wrist and
batted righthanded exclusively, Sep 10-16 ...
went 5-for-15 (.333) with a double, two sac bunts
and two walks ... during his career has batted
.279 (53-190, HR-7) from the right side and .237
(154-649, HR-11) from the left side ...
Batted .306 (45-147) with seven home runs and 25 RBI
in his last 47 games beginning July 27 ... in
72 games prior he batted .178 (43-241) with 2
home runs and 19 RBI ... had his best stretch
between July 27 and Sep 11 when he batted
.354 (35-99) and the Rays went 23-21 ...
Led the Rays offense on a 13-game stretch in which
they scored 118 runs, the sixth best
two-week streak by a major league team in 50
years ... he batted a team-best .394 (13-33) during
that stretch ...
Had the first 4-hit game of his career on Sep 11 at
Boston and had two of the hits off Ray-killer
Tim Wakefield while batting righthanded ... also
walked that game and over 9 plate appearances,
Sep 11-14, he was for 4-for-4 with three walks
and two sac bunts ...
Had three bunt singles ... only two major league
catchers had as many: Texas' Gerald Laird (10)
and Minnesota's Joe Mauer (3) ... he has had
have five in his two seasons with the Rays ... in
their history, the Rays have had only three other
bunt singles by catchers (Toby Hall-2, Mike DiFelice-1) ...
Hit his first career grand slam on July 20 at Yankee
Stadium off Edwar Ramirez in Rays' 14-4
win ... had been 0-for-9 with the bases loaded
in 2007 prior to that home run, the most bases
loaded ABs without a hit in the majors ... also
had a "walk-off" home run against the Yankees
on Sep 25 off Jeff Karstens in the bottom of the
Acquired June 27 from the Dodgers along with RHP Jae Seo and a player to be named later
(OF Justin Ruggiano) for C Toby Hall, LHP Mark Hendrickson and cash...Started 52 of the Rays' final 85 games after he was acquired...Began the season as the Dodgers primary catcher starting 23 of their first 29 games...Suffered a bruised right wrist on May 4 against the Padres when he was hit by a foul tip off the bat of former Ray Vinny Castilla...Was on the DL, May 5 to June 16, then optioned to AAA Las Vegas...Had batted .429 (12-28) in his last 10 games before the injury and was batting .280 overall in 25 games...Appeared in 78 games behind the plate with the Dodgers and Rays and started 75 games...Batted a combined .254 (68-268)...Doesn't turn 23 until Feb 9, 2007...In the last 25 years, only five catchers have caught 75 or more games in a season at a younger age: Joe Mauer (2005-MIN), Benito Santiago (1987-SD),
Jason Kendall (1996-PIT), Ivan Rodriguez (1991-93-TEX) and Brian McCann (2006-ATL)...With the Dodgers, opposing base runners were successful on all 16 attempts against him...It was a different story with the Rays as he threw out a team best 18 of 50 (36.0%), 5th best in the
AL (min 50 games)...For comparison's sake, the major league average for catchers was 24.3%...Tied a club record with three caught stealings vs. the Angels on July 16...Tied mark also held
by John Flaherty and Toby Hall...Was batting .271 as a Devil Ray entering the final month of the season, but batted only .170 (9-53) in September...Closed out August with a torrid 13-game stretch (.381, 16-42)...Was the first catcher in major league history to start and finish a triple play when he and SS Ben Zobrist teamed up for the first-ever "2-6-2" triple play in major league history...It occurred in the first inning of the Rays-Mariners game on Sep 2 without the ball being put in play...Seattle's Raul Ibanez struck out with runners on first and third...Adrian Beltre tried to
steal second and was out Navarro to Zobrist who tagged out Beltre as he tried retreating to
first base...At that point, Jose Lopez tried to score from third and was thrown out, Zobrist to
Navarro...Was the 2nd triple play turned in club history (also Sept 13, 2002)...Homered off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon on an 0-2 pitch with 2 out in the 8th inning to tie the game at 6-6 on Aug 6 at Tropicana Field...Rays won it in the 10th, 7-6...Papelbon entered the game with a 0.49 ERA and had held opponents to a .142 average...Navarro's was just the 2nd run he had allowed on the road all season...Made his Tropicana Field debut on July 4 and went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and 2 RBI in the Rays' 9-6 win over Boston...Became the 11th switch-hitter in club history...Is a natural right-handed hitter who started switch-hitting at age 13...Missed the last 6 games of the season to be with his son in Tampa who was undergoing surgery to remove a kidney...Appeared in 40 games with the Tiburones in the Venezuelan Winter League...batted .231
catching 17-of-51 attempted basestealers (33%).
Began the season at Triple-A Las Vegas before assuming the Dodgers' starting catcher's role after being recalled on July 29 ... Played in 50 of the Dodger's final 60 games, posting a .273 average, .354 on-base percentage and .375 slugging
percentage ... At 21 years and 170 days old, he was the sixth-youngest player to appear in the National League in 2005 ... Hit .278 (15-for-49) in the seventh inning and later to go along with his .309 (30-for-97) home average, .435
average as a right-handed hitter and .429 (3-for-7) clip with the bases loaded ... Made his National League debut July 29 vs. St. Louis and singled in his first Dodger at-bat against the Cardinals' Matt Morris ... Hit his first Major League home run on Aug. 12, a walk-off solo shot in the bottom of the 10th to propel the
Dodgers to an extra-inning victory vs. New York ... Missed the Sept. 13th game due to
the birth of his second son, Dioner Jr. ... Earned a spot on the Pacific Coast League team in the Triple-A All-Star Game for his play with the Las Vegas 51's ... Was named the eighth-best player in
the Minor Leagues at midseason by editors of Minor League News
Made his Major League debut with the Yankees, hitting .429 (3-for-7) with 2 runs scored and an RBI in five games ... Made his Major League debut on Sept. 7, 2004 at the age of 20 years and three months, becoming the third youngest player in the Major Leagues behind Tampa Bay's B.J. Upton and Kansas City's Andres Blanco ... Registered his first big league hit, a single, on Sept. 13
at Kansas City off Chris George ... Split the season at Double-A Trenton and Triple-A
Columbus prior to the late season call-up to New York ... Earned a promotion to Columbus after hitting .271 in 70 games with Trenton ... In 40 games with the Clippers, he hit .250 (34-for-136) ... In both leagues combined, he threw out 33 percent of the runners attempting to steal while committing just seven errors in 95 games behind the dish ... Baseball America
rated him as the top prospect in the Yankee organization entering the season ... Batted .290 (20-for-69) at home for Columbus in the Triple-A International League.
Began the season at Single-A Tampa, hitting .299 prior to a midseason promotion to Double-A Trenton ... Enjoyed tremendous success at the Double-A level, batting .341 with four home runs and 37 RBI in 58 games ... Made seven errors in 91 games behind the plate at the two levels combined ... Hit .329 with runners on base and .313 with runners in scoring position at Single-A Tampa ... Hit .387 with runners on base and .407 with runners in scoring position at Double-A Trenton.
Spent the majority of the season at Single-A Greensboro, batting .238 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 92 games ... Was a battery mate of current Dodger teammate Yhency Brazoban ... Appeared in one game for Single-A Tampa where he went 1-for-2 ... Committed eight errors in 87 games behind the plate for both clubs.
In his first professional season, batted .280 with two homers and 22 RBI for the Gulf Coast League Yankees ... Made just three errors behind the plate in 40 games ... Named to the Gulf Coast League All-Star team.