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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]

In addition to his long tenure with the Cardinals, Jocketty also spent 14 years in the Oakland organization 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 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. Jocketty has also won the award in 2000 & 2004 as Cardinals GM.

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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Viva El Birdos
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:03:45 -0800

The firing of respected Walt Jocketty as Cardinals GM last Tuesday by team chairman Bill DeWitt was just another example of the growing trend of meddling owners reducing the powers of the general manager and shifting the emphasis of baseball operations ...

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Headlines & Global News
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:30:00 -0700

"We've had some discussions and I'm not sure how it's going to play out because, as you know, pitchers' salaries have increased dramatically in the last year or two," said Reds general manager Walt Jocketty on MLB Network Radio. "Johnny would like to ...


Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:03:45 -0700

Unlike last year at this time, manager Bryan Price and general manager Walt Jocketty aren't having to work around an onslaught of injuries as they weigh their decisions. The Reds have been a relatively healthy group this spring training camp. That ...

Cincinnati.com (blog)

Cincinnati.com (blog)
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:33:45 -0700

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said the Reds have had some preliminary talks with Johnny Cueto about a contract extension but that he does not expect a deal to get done by Opening Day. Cueto's agent, Bryce Dixon, set an ...


Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:01:09 -0700

Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. gave him the opportunity, former Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty broadened his responsibilities so that he could learn the GM job, scouting guru Jerry Walker gave him a feel for spotting talent, and Bob ...


Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:04:46 -0800

PHOENIX – Walt Jocketty was a popular man on Tuesday, and that's not something he was entirely happy about. A large group of Japanese reporters were waiting for him during the media availability portion of the Major League Baseball General Managers ...


Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:46:52 -0700

If a team is willing to take Phillips off GM Walt Jocketty's hands at the trade deadline, Jocketty should jump at the chance. The bench: At the moment, the Reds are expected to carry a five-man bench of catcher Brayan Pena, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr ...

Cincinnati.com (blog)

Cincinnati.com (blog)
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:15:00 -0700

This has pretty much been set since the day Walt Jocketty acquired Byrd from Philadelphia in exchange for Lively. The bigger question since then has been the batting order, but barring injury (and that can always pop up in the last two weeks of camp ...

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