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
ESPN 680 Video: Walt Jocketty @ Reds Caravan, Louisville
Reds GM meets with reporters in Louisville during one of the Reds Caravan stops.
Walt Jocketty announces signing of RHP Raisel Iglesias
Walt Jocketty announces signing of RHP Raisel Iglesias.
Walt Jocketty on Winter Meetings 12.10.9
Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty on the team's uneventful Winter Meetings in Indianapolis, Dec. 2009.
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 Interview
Walt Jocketty Interview.
Walt Jocketty On Jeremy Hermida
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.
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:04:25 -0700
The Reds have signed GM Walt Jocketty to a contract extension that runs through 2016, the team announced. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer first reported the news. “This franchise has had great success under Walt's guidance, and we're delighted he ...
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:17:04 -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 ...
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:20:15 -0700
Both Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and field manager Bryan Price will be back for 2015, a club source told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday. Jocketty is in the final year of his contract. An extension will likely be announced next week.
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Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:07:30 -0700
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds extended general manager Walt Jocketty's contract through the 2016 season on Saturday, giving him a chance to try to dig the franchise out of a disappointing year. Jocketty was promoted to general manger in 2008.
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:10:13 -0700
The team announced Saturday that it has given general manager Walt Jocketty a two-year contract extension. Jocketty, whose contract was set to expire after this season, became the team's GM in 2008 and helped lead the Reds back to the playoffs in 2010 ...
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:50:42 -0700
In a move that can only be described as Schumakerian, the Cincinnati Reds are reportedly interested in bringing in former Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers as part of whatever Dinobot mega-monster Walt Jocketty is creating in the front office, per ...
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:48:45 -0700
The expectation of sources is that Kevin Towers will soon be hired by the Reds, and work with his good friend Walt Jocketty. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 24, 2014. Amazing gesture. High school football team forfeits league title to team ...
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 ...
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