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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Gleeman: Pete Kozma is the new Shane Spencer

OK, so the comparison isn’t quite perfect, but I needed a catchy headline to get you to read about this craziness.

When the Cardinals lost starting shortstop Rafael Furcal for the season they called up Pete Kozma from Triple-A, where he’d hit just .232 with a .292 on-base percentage and .355 slugging percentage in 131 games. And that offensive ineptitude was nothing new for Kozma, whose career numbers in the minors include a .236 batting average and .652 OPS…

a funny thing happened: Kozma started hitting… through 23 games as a major leaguer Kozma has hit .338 with a .600 slugging percentage and .975 OPS. And the Cardinals, despite injuries to multiple key players, have hung tough in September and are headed to the playoffs, where Kozma can see if his deal with the devil extends past Game 162.

The District Attorney Posted: October 02, 2012 at 09:21 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: October 03, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4252294)
For the curious, Spencer's Strat-O-Matic card didn't have a name because the union didn't permit it, as he was a strikebreaker. (This policy eventually changed.)
   2. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 03, 2012 at 10:57 AM (#4252310)
Dear God, I had that card. And I played in a no-restrictions Strat league, so I could use Spencer as much as I wanted. Good times.

EDIT: And every time he came up, we would all say, "Spenssseeerrrr!", like Hawk did in "Spenser: For Hire"!
   3. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 03, 2012 at 11:05 AM (#4252323)
Spenser's OPS+ that year was 236, BTW. You'd think that would be the best ever with at least 67 AB, but Bonds and Ruth both had three (full!) seasons that were better! Plus Ted Williams' truncated 1953 (91 AB) scores at 268. Yikes.

Just for fun: some hot cups of coffee. (Kozma is 58th.)
   4. The District Attorney Posted: October 03, 2012 at 02:32 PM (#4252594)
And I played in a no-restrictions Strat league, so I could use Spencer as much as I wanted.
You realize that's ridiculous, right? ;-)
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: October 03, 2012 at 03:40 PM (#4252642)
Big whoop. Every player the Cardinals bring up from the minors is an anonymous semi-prospect who turns out to be a major league starter from day one. Every veteran they get from other teams is an over-the-hill injury risk who turns out to have several great seasons left. Freaking Abraham Nunez had a 120-hit season with the Cardinals. I think the only disappointing performances this team has gotten from anyone in the last 15 years were from Khalil Greene and Mark Mulder.
   6. Greg K Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM (#4252711)
Damn, my one consolation from the 2007 draft has been...sure Kevin Ahrens sucks...but so does Peter Kozma!
   7. NJ in DC (Now with temporary employment!) Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM (#4252735)
Big whoop. Every player the Cardinals bring up from the minors is an anonymous semi-prospect who turns out to be a major league starter from day one. Every veteran they get from other teams is an over-the-hill injury risk who turns out to have several great seasons left. Freaking Abraham Nunez had a 120-hit season with the Cardinals. I think the only disappointing performances this team has gotten from anyone in the last 15 years were from Khalil Greene and Mark Mulder

This.
   8. toratoratora Posted: October 03, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4252745)
Holy snikies. Now I wanna see the Spencer card.
I play in a league with few restrictions. A player has to have 100 AB's to qualify, then it's no restrictions. This card would be beastly
   9. The District Attorney Posted: October 03, 2012 at 05:01 PM (#4252767)
Holy snikies. Now I wanna see the Spencer card.
It's right there! :)
   10. toratoratora Posted: October 03, 2012 at 05:54 PM (#4252890)
Duh-For some reason I blanked and thought that was the Kozma card!

Edited to add that this was superduh because if I'd thought it through it would have been obvious that strat doesn't print cards while the season is still on.
Man, I need to drink more coffee on these 5 AM days

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