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Keppinger hopes for big league chance

Jeff Keppinger is hitting .265 at Norfolk.

Few players exude the type of confidence that Jeff Keppinger does. But then again, few players have had the type of minor league career that Jeff Keppinger can boast about.

After being selected in the fourth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2001 draft, Keppinger has had success at every level of baseball, from Single-A all the way to the Majors. Coming over to the Mets organization in the Kris Benson deal, Keppinger saw 33 games of action with the Mets in late in the 2004 season, and went .284 with three homeruns and nine runs batted in. He remembers the...

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