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Pete Kozma talks...music before 2012 NLCS Game 3
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Pete Kozma error: 2013 World Series Game 1
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Pete Kozma Arizona Fall League Infield Practice 10/15/10
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MASN booth still hates Pete Kozma
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Kozma robs Pirates with stellar defense
Kozma robs Pirates with stellar defense
::2013/10/10::
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NLDS Win: Pete Kozma
NLDS Win: Pete Kozma
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Pete Kozma 2013 Highlights
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Pete? Pete Kozma!
Pete? Pete Kozma!
::2013/08/26::
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Pete Kozma hits a three-run homer for the Redbirds
Pete Kozma hits a three-run homer for the Redbirds
::2014/08/10::
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Q&A with Springfield Cardinals SS Pete Kozma
Q&A with Springfield Cardinals SS Pete Kozma
::2010/04/13::
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2015 St. Louis Cardinals Caravan at Hannibal-LaGrange University
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::2015/01/19::
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TEX@STL: Kozma makes a crucial error in the seventh
TEX@STL: Kozma makes a crucial error in the seventh
::2013/06/25::
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Pete Kozma on 1-0 win
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Booing Pete Kozma
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::2013/04/22::
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::2014/11/24::
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Springfield Cardinals Pete Kozma home run 8/16/10
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Pete Kozma promoted to Black Belt
Pete Kozma promoted to Black Belt
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Pete Kozma bats vs Marlins 26 March 2015
Pete Kozma bats vs Marlins 26 March 2015
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Cardinals Caravan 2011 -- Pete Kozma
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St Louis Cardinals 2007 #1 pick, SS Pete Kozma
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Pete Kozma errors make us mad
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Pete Kozma bomb
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::2013/12/08::
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HOT PACK: Prizm 2013 Baseball Pete Kozma Redemption
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Pete Kozma go ahead hit against Washington!
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::2012/10/15::
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Pete Kozma St  Louis Cardinals @ VegasNow Org
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::2015/01/18::
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Peter Kozma - QC River Bandits (STL)
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Redbirds
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Glow: markt; Project Peter Kozma
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5/26/13: Kozma
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STL@MIL: Kozma trips over second turning double play
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NLCS Gm5: Kozma starts double play on Hanley
NLCS Gm5: Kozma starts double play on Hanley
::2013/10/18::
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STL@MIL: Kozma
STL@MIL: Kozma's knock puts the Cardinals up by six
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NLCS Gm3: Kozma starts a seventh-inning double play
NLCS Gm3: Kozma starts a seventh-inning double play
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PIT@STL: Kozma catches Harrison trying to sneak home
PIT@STL: Kozma catches Harrison trying to sneak home
::2014/09/01::
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COL@STL: Peralta, Kozma combine to turn a double play
COL@STL: Peralta, Kozma combine to turn a double play
::2014/09/13::
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STL@MIL: Kozma makes a great play to end the first
STL@MIL: Kozma makes a great play to end the first
::2013/05/06::
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CIN@STL: Kozma makes superb diving stop to steal hit
CIN@STL: Kozma makes superb diving stop to steal hit
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Shelby Miller vs. Cardinals 1st Rounders
Shelby Miller vs. Cardinals 1st Rounders
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Kozma dives for spectacular catch at short
Kozma dives for spectacular catch at short
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STL@PIT Gm 3: Kozma, Jay move up on a double steal
STL@PIT Gm 3: Kozma, Jay move up on a double steal
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STL@CHC: Kozma bunts down the line for an RBI single
STL@CHC: Kozma bunts down the line for an RBI single
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PIT@STL Gm5: Kozma fires strong throw to get Morneau
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CHC@STL: Kozma singles in Jay to pad Cardinals
CHC@STL: Kozma singles in Jay to pad Cardinals' lead
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MIL@STL: Kozma drives in Jay with a bunt single
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NLCS Gm1: Kozma slides for a slick play on Uribe
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Carpenter and Kozma turn 4-6-3 double play
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Pete Kozma
Profilepic2013petekozma.jpg
Kozma with the St. Louis Cardinals (2011-Present)
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 38
Second baseman, Shortstop
Born: (1988-04-11) April 11, 1988 (age 26)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 18, 2011 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .236
Hits 123
Home runs 3
Runs batted in 50
Teams

Peter Michael Kozma (born April 11, 1988) is an American professional baseball infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Cardinals selected him in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft from Owasso High School in Oklahoma, and he made his MLB debut for them on May 18, 2011. He is 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m), weighs 170 pounds (77 kg), and bats and throws right-handed.

A sure-handed defender with excellent range and throwing arm, Kozma primarily plays shortstop. In the 2012 National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, his hit in the deciding game drove in the go-ahead run and allowed the Cardinals to advance to the National League Championship Series.

Early life[edit]

Prior to playing professionally, he attended Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma. Kozma attended St. Henry's Catholic Church. Growing up, his nickname was – and still is – "Cousin Pete."

Professional career[edit]

Draft and minor leagues[edit]

Kozma was drafted by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft out of Owasso, and began his professional career that year.

In his first professional season, Kozma played for three minor league teams - the Johnson City Cardinals (30 games), GCL Cardinals (four games) and Batavia Muckdogs (eight games). Overall, he hit .233 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 42 games that season.

He played for the Quad Cities River Bandits (99 games) and Palm Beach Cardinals (24 games) in 2008, hitting a combined .258 with five home runs and 50 RBI in 123 games. He also stole 12 bases in 18 attempts.

In 2009, he split the season between Palm Beach (18 games) and the Springfield Cardinals (113 games), hitting .231 with six home runs and 45 RBI in 131 games. He played for Springfield in 2010, hitting .243 with 13 home runs and 72 RBI in 132 games. He also stole 13 bases in 15 tries.[1]

St. Louis Cardinals (2011–present)[edit]

Pete Kozma 2012 NLDS.jpg

On May 18, 2011, Kozma was called up from the AAA Memphis Redbirds, with whom he hit .214 in 112 games, to the major league club to replace injured middle infielder Nick Punto. He made his major league debut that night, and hit a double with an RBI in his first at-bat when pinch-hitting in the 5th at Busch Stadium. Kozma was part of the Cardinals postseason roster when the team won the 2011 World Series over the Texas Rangers.

Kozma was optioned to Triple-A to begin the 2012 season. He was recalled to the Cardinals on August 31, 2012 when Rafael Furcal was placed on the disabled list.[2] Kozma singled to give the Cardinals the deciding runs in the winner-take-all fifth game of the 2012 National League Division Series (NLDS) over the Washington Nationals.[3] During the NLDS, he hit a home run – his first in an MLB postseason – and drove in five runners. Kozma batted .227 during the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants and added a stolen base. Despite attaining a 3-games-to-1 advantage in the series, the Cardinals lost the Series in the 7th and deciding game.

Kozma became the Cardinals' primary shortstop in 2013 and finished with a .217 batting average, 20 doubles, a home run and three stolen bases in 143 games. They secured the best record in the National League, thus making the playoffs. He provided a key defensive play in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dodgers batter Juan Uribe hit a rapid ground ball in the hole, which Kozma backhanded and relayed to second baseman Matt Carpenter, tipping off an inning ending double play. The Cardinals won the game, 4–2.[4]

The Cardinals won the NLCS to advance to the World Series. In Game 1 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox, Kozma was involved in a controversial error/blown call that was overturned by the umpiring crew. He mishandled and dropped a ball tossed to him that would have commenced an inning-ending double play. Red Sox manager John Farrell leapt of the dugout, confronted umpire Dana DeMuth and requested that the umpire crew get together and make a group decision on the ruling. The umpires ultimately ruled that Kozma never had control of the ball, and the inning continued. Boston went on to score three runs that inning, and eventually went on to win the championship in six games.

The following offseason, the Cardinals signed longtime American League player Jhonny Peralta as a free agent to upgrade their offense at shortstop, thus supplanting Kozma from his short-lived status as the starter.[5] The Cardinals signed Mark Ellis, another free agent, and kept rookie second baseman Kolten Wong on the MLB roster for much of the season. Those three moves relegated Kozma to spending most of 2014 playing for Memphis, where he hit .248 with eight home runs and 59 RBI. The Cardinals recalled him when MLB rosters expand in September, and, in fourteen games, hit .304 with three doubles. The club won the National League Central division, assuring a playoff berth for the fourth time in his four seasons with the club. He was a last-minute addition to the postseason roster for the NLDS against the Dodgers.[6]

The following spring training, Kozma resumed working out at all infield positions, and added time as a catcher.[7]

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