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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 63)
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]


Walt 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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126 news items


Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:04:15 -0700

There's been some speculation about Tony La Russa potentially getting the band back together with the Diamondbacks, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Walt Jocketty is expected to remain the Reds' general manager in 2015. Jocketty previously ...

Rant Sports

Rant Sports
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:22:30 -0700

It seems like Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty will be back for the 2015 season. The news comes as a slap in the face to everyone who has purchased a ticket this season. His contract ends after this year, and it was widely speculated–much ...

New York Daily News

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:51:02 -0700

It's not known if a replacement has been hired. Peter Gammons of Gammonsdaily.com tweeted that La Russa has been talking with Reds GM Walt Jocketty, who was one of La Russa's bosses with the A's and Cardinals. Gammons also speculated about one ...
Red Reporter
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:00:00 -0700

There has been a rather persistent rumor that this offseason Walt Jocketty will look to move one of the Reds' starting pitchers to either acquire some offense for 2015, or perhaps less likely to restock a farm system nearly devoid of impact bats, or ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:33:45 -0700

Iglesias' workouts are being overseen by Minor League pitching coordinator Mark Riggins. According to Bavasi, it will be Riggins, Price, Reds pitching coach Jeff Pico and general manager Walt Jocketty who will determine if pitching winter ball makes ...
ESPN (blog)
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:30:00 -0700

As such, I suspect Braves GM Frank Wren, for instance, will be calling Indians GM Chris Antonetti to see if he can pry away Jason Kipnis while his stock is down, and I would expect Yankees GM Brian Cashman to call Reds GM Walt Jocketty to see if he can ...
Viva El Birdos
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:22:30 -0700

But even so, Walt Jocketty will need to address their putrid offense, which has hit for an 89 wrc+ (sans pitchers) this year. That's bad--actually it's second to worst, ahead of only the Padres in the NL. While the Reds' offense presents a good matchup ...

Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:58:43 -0700

The Reds won't have the dollars to make any major splashes this offseason, at least not if they plan on making any substantial offers to any one of four different starting pitchers set to hit the free-agent market after the 2015 season. There have been ...

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