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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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Dayton Daily News
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:33:45 -0700

Some folks thought when they saw Reds general manager Walt Jocketty scurrying to the media elevator after the sixth inning that he was headed for a sporting goods store to purchase baseballs. That's because the Pirates and Reds combined for 10 home ...


SB Nation
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:03:45 -0700

Chapman threw 25 pitches in front of Cincinnati's top brass, including manager Bryan Price and GM Walt Jocketty. He will continue to ramp up his workouts with an eye toward returning sometime in May. The Cuban native suffered fractures on his forehead ...


Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:21:06 -0700

General manager Walt Jocketty and manager Bryan Price watched his bullpen session. "He threw all of his pitches, including his slider," Price said. "He was sharp, extremely enthusiastic and happy to be out there, as we all were. It was exciting." Jays ...
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Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:52:30 -0700

Chapman threw 25 pitches in the bullpen at Great American Ball Park with general manager Walt Jocketty and manager Bryan Price among those watching. "He threw the ball outstanding," Price said. "He threw all of his pitches, including his slider. He was ...


Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:47:47 -0700

To the Reds, what was going on in the bullpen was worth about $30 million and even general manager Walt Jocketty was there among the many observers to watch Aroldis Chapman throw off a mound. How did he do? The catcher's glove always pops louder ...
Cincinnati.com (blog)
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:44:32 -0700

There are plenty of criticisms you can make of any team, but listening to Joe Maddon talk about the quick DL move seemed to be in stark contrast of what we've seen from Walt Jocketty during his tenure as Reds GM. So often, we've seen an injured Red ...
Dayton Daily News
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:18:45 -0700

All the eyes in Great American Ball Park focused on Aroldis Chapman on Monday afternoon around 3:15 p.m. There were few eyes around at that time, but they were important eyes. General Manager Walt Jocketty and manager Bryan Price watched him throw ...


Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:55:49 -0700

This is the second consecutive season in which Mozeliak has gotten an extension and he was previously locked up through the 2016 season -- so now he's signed up through 2018. Mozeliak, 45, has been Cardinals GM since Walt Jocketty departed following ...

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