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May 31, 2008

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Hoffpauir a hit with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have the best record in baseball at 34-21, contributing to the success of the first place team is Jacksonville’s Micah Hoffpauir.

To say the former Fightin’ Indian is hot is an understatement. While playing in 10 games, he has seven hints in 15 at-bats with three doubles and one RBI and a scorching .467 batting average in his first action at the big league level.

In Friday’s game Hoffpauir helped the Cubs rally for an 8-0 deficit. When the smoke had cleared and the partying began on Waveland Avenue, the Cubs had a thrilling 10-9 win. Hoffpauir played first base on Friday, but has seen duty as an outfielder and pinch-hitter. He earned the roster advancement from AAA Iowa and was placed on the roster when Daryle Ward went down with a back injury.

Hoffpauir began his baseball career in Carthage playing on select teams and following the guidance of his dad/coach Barry Hoffpauir.

Hoffpauir moved the family to Jacksonville when he took over the job as baseball coach at LMC.

Adam, Bradley and Micah Hoffpauir all played for their father.

Hoffpauir earned all-conference honors at Lon Morris and transferred to Lamar University when he played his final two seasons before being drafted by the Cubs.

The 6-3, 215-pounder has been in the minor leagues until the recent call-up. Hoffpauir had 613 total minor leagues games played before the call from the Cubs to report to the big leagues.

In the last two years he was very close to making the big club. A knee injury late in the 2007 season scrubbed a possible call-up. An oblique muscle pulled earlier this year meant he started the year in rehab, not at Wrigley Field.

Micah’s wife, Tiffany, a first grade teacher at East Side Elementary is set to join her husband in the “Windy City.”

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