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Walt Jocketty
Walt Jocketty.jpg
Jocketty before Opening Day 2006 at Busch Stadium
Born (1951-02-19) February 19, 1951 (age 64)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Education University of Minnesota
Known for General Manager of St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds
Spouse(s) Sue

Walt Jocketty (born February 19, 1951)[1] is the General Manager and President of Baseball Operations of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he attended the University of Minnesota where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration.[2] He was previously the General Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from October 14, 1994 until October 3, 2007.

Oakland and Colorado[edit]

Jocketty began working for the Oakland Athletics beginning in March 1980, when he was hired by owner Charlie Finley as Director of Minor League Operations and Scouting.[2] It was in this capacity that Jocketty took a lead role in overhauling the A's minor league system, and was also was instrumental in founding the Arizona Rookie League and the Dominican Summer League.[2] Less than five years into his time with Oakland, Jocketty was promoted to Director of Baseball Administration, a post he held the remainder of his time in Oakland. During the 1994 season Jocketty served the Colorado Rockies for a brief stint as their Assistant General Manager/Player Personnel.[2][3]

The Cardinal years[edit]

Walt Jocketty was hired as General Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals on October 14, 1994. When Anheuser-Busch sold the team following the 1995 season, the new ownership chose to retain Jocketty. He was instrumental in bringing new manager Tony La Russa, whom he had worked with in Oakland, to St. Louis.

During his time as Cardinal GM, the Cardinals compiled seven National League Central Division championships (1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006), two National League Championships (2004 and 2006), and one World Series Championship (2006). The Cardinals had seven straight winning seasons under Jocketty, including 100+ win seasons in 2004 and 2005. Jocketty has been named the Executive of the Year in MLB three times, in 2000, 2004, & 2010.

Jocketty was fired by the Cardinals organization on October 3, 2007. Team owner Bill DeWitt cited divisiveness in the baseball operations front office as the reason for Jocketty's dismissal.[4]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

Jocketty was hired as a Special Adviser to the Cincinnati Reds on January 11, 2008. Jocketty's role was to advise and assist the team in their baseball operations which includes the front office, personnel, scouting, minor and international operations and training and medical services. He was named the next General Manager of the Reds after Wayne Krivsky was fired April 23, 2008.[5]

After the 2010 season Jocketty was named Sporting News Executive Of Year.[citation needed]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Baseball America Executive Database
  2. ^ a b c d St. Louis Cardinals 2006 Media Guide. Hadler Printing Co.. Page 9.
  3. ^ "Walt Jocketty". Baseball America. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Cardinals News > Jocketty no longer GM of Cardinals". The Official Site of the St. Louis Cardinals. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  5. ^ The Official Site of The Cincinnati Reds: Official Info: Reds name Walt Jocketty President of baseball operations and general manager
Preceded by
Dal Maxvill
St. Louis Cardinals General Manager
Succeeded by
John Mozeliak
Preceded by
Wayne Krivsky
Cincinnati Reds General Manager
Succeeded by

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Cincinnati.com (blog)

Cincinnati.com (blog)
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:51:51 -0700

"We've had zero conversations at this point," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. Generally, contending teams want to add players before Aug. 31, so they are eligible for the postseason. Byrd was traded from the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh ...

Pensacola News Journal

Pensacola News Journal
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:52:30 -0700

Aside from the occasional visitor stopping to offer a quick hello, Walt Jocketty kept his eyes fixated on the field. Pen in hand, notepad on his lap, the Cincinnati Reds president-general manager has spent past nights sitting a few rows behind home ...


Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:53:28 -0700

Walt Jocketty, who is close to Castellini, is expected to stay aboard, but the only question is whether he will continue as GM or in another high-ranking position in the organization. In the running: If Jocketty is promoted, Towers would be the logical ...


Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:15:26 -0700

Pedro Martinez wonders if bad chemistry is the... Bryan Price, Walt Jocketty 5d. Vote of non-confidence: Reds owner says... 150614_MaxScherzer 5d. Max Scherzer gave his catchers Hublot watches... Curt Schilling 5d. Sarah Palin sticks up for Curt ...

Yahoo Sports

Yahoo Sports
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:24:48 -0700

GM Walt Jocketty and manager Bryan Price are under contract for another year, though speculation is heavy Price – an excellent pitching coach who in another time and place could raise these pups into something quite presentable – might not see 2016 ...
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:00:00 -0700

The Reds are probably going to be active on the trade market this offseason, with Jay Bruce and Aroldis Chapman possible trade targets, but I don't see GM Walt Jocketty going all fire sale on us. That said, they have a few starting pitcher prospects in ...

MyDaytonDailyNews (subscription)

MyDaytonDailyNews (subscription)
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:11:39 -0700

Cueto chatted with his former teammates around the batting cage as the Reds finished batting practice, then got a big hug from Price and General Manager Walt Jocketty. Cueto expected a similar reaction from the fans. “The fans really supported me in my ...

Red Reporter

Red Reporter
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:57:50 -0700

So, have a trophy Walt Jocketty. Enough people have already forgotten 2010, 2012, and 2013, so you could probably use a high-five from the internet right about now. (This should really go to Joey Votto, of course, who went 2 for 3 with a dinger, a ...

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