Walt Jocketty (born February 19, 1951) 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. He was previously the General Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from October 14, 1994 until October 3, 2007.
Oakland and Colorado
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. 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. 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.
The Cardinal years
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.
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.
After the 2010 season Jocketty was named Sporting News Executive Of Year. Jocketty has also won the award in 2000 & 2004 as Cardinals GM.
- ^ Baseball America Executive Database
- ^ a b c d St. Louis Cardinals 2006 Media Guide. Hadler Printing Co.. Page 9.
- ^ "Walt Jocketty". Baseball America. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
- ^ "Cardinals News > Jocketty no longer GM of Cardinals". The Official Site of the St. Louis Cardinals. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
- ^ The Official Site of The Cincinnati Reds: Official Info: Reds name Walt Jocketty President of baseball operations and general manager
Walt Jocketty announces signing of RHP Raisel Iglesias
Walt Jocketty announces signing of RHP Raisel Iglesias.
ESPN 680 Video: Walt Jocketty @ Reds Caravan, Louisville
Reds GM meets with reporters in Louisville during one of the Reds Caravan stops.
Walt Jocketty on Winter Meetings 12.10.9
Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty on the team's uneventful Winter Meetings in Indianapolis, Dec. 2009.
Walt Jocketty Interview
Walt Jocketty Interview.
Walt Jocketty On Jeremy Hermida
1450 AM Bowling Green interviews Walt Jocketty at Redsfest 2012
Redlegs Radio Report from 1450 AM in Bowling Green, Kentucky interviews Walt Jocketty at Redsfest 2012.
Walt Jocketty, Reds GM, on signing Cuban LHP Aroldis Chapman - Sirius|XM
Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty joined Seth Everett and Bill Ripken on Power Alley to talk about the Reds' signing of much-hyped Cuban prospect...
Reds team introduction. Speeches by Bob Castellini and Walt Jocketty
2010 Reds NLDS sendoff rally on Fountain square, Cincinnati, OH. This was from a rally to support the Reds on their way to Philadelphia to face the Phillies ...
Walt Jocketty on The Big Show
97.1 The Fan, The Fan, The Big Show, Walt Jocketty, Cincinnati Reds, Reds, baseball, Beau Bishop, Kent Mercker.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:03:45 -0700
"Housekeeping," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "It allows us to have the space to put the guys who were on the 60-man (disabled list) back on the 40-man roster. Soto gives us one more spot. We're at 39." Ludwick and Hannahan signed deals that ...
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:15:00 -0700
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said no major front office shake-up is coming. There were reports of one when Bob Miller, vice president and assistant general manager, said he was leaving. "There's no shake-up," Jocketty said. "I don't know where ...
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:29:31 -0700
Jocketty's contract was to expire at the end of this season, but now he will be under contract with the Reds until at least 2016, despite the team failing to make the playoffs in 2014. Jocketty joined the Reds in 2008, and his Cincinnati teams won NL ...
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:15:00 -0700
A report by Buster Olney of ESPN.com said fired Arizona Diamondbacks' general manager Kevin Towers has opted not to accept a different job with the organization and will accept a job as assistant to Cincinnati Reds' general manager Walt Jocketty.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:43:15 -0700
Kevin Towers opted not to remain with the Diamondbacks in a different role after being fired as general manager and now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he's set to join the Reds' front office as an assistant to general manager Walt Jocketty ...
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:15:00 -0700
Ever since he became the general manager of the Reds, Walt Jocketty has stressed pitching and defense as the keys to success. And while that combination didn't lead to much success for the Reds in 2014, it was a winning formula for both the Royals and ...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:22:30 -0700
Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Kevin Towers is expected to join the Reds front office as an assistant to general manager Walt Jocketty. Towers, who had served as the general manager of the Diamondbacks for the past five seasons before being removed ...
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:56:15 -0700
"He was incredible," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "It was 94, 95 (mph), and threw his curveball, slider and change. He threw strikes. It was really free and easy. He's a fun guy to watch." Iglesias was in uniform for the Surprise Saguaros ...
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