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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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Jackson Sun
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:07:30 -0700

He said that among the calls he'll make after the milestone are to Tony La Russa and Walt Jocketty, his initial manager and general manager with the Cardinals. But a call to his wife was first. And it turned out she missed the homer because she was at ...

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:44:16 -0700

For a fan base that takes pride in its passion, this represents a disturbing trend. The Reds haven't ranked 14th in National League attendance since 2009, the year Walt Jocketty took over as GM. They haven't ranked next-to-last since 1983, when they ...
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Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:23:20 -0700

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Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:02:28 -0700

The difficulty, of course, is that shortstop is one of the weakest positions around baseball, and as a result one of the most challenging spots to improve. Still, GM Walt Jocketty should already be checking around the league to see what kind of ...
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:11:15 -0700

(Photo: The Enquirer/Cara Owsley). SHARE 37 CONNECTTWEET 8 COMMENTEMAILMORE. CHICAGO – After the Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, Walt Jocketty stopped by manager Bryan Price's office to congratulate him on the series win.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:11:15 -0700

Reds General Manger Walt Jocketty had maintained after spring training that given the injuries to the Reds pitching staff, most notably Aroldis Chapman, that he hoped his team could tread water until reinforcements came. Simon did his part Friday ...

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Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:17:37 -0700

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty built the Cardinals into a perennial power and 2006 World Series champion during his tenure as St. Louis' GM from 1994 to 2007. With the Reds, Jocketty is trying to do the same, and although some have criticized him ...
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Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco may return as early as Monday. (Photo: The Enquirer/Gary Landers). SHARE 27 CONNECTTWEET 11 COMMENTEMAILMORE. Walt Jocketty didn't have to think about it. He didn't have to file through the years in his memory.

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