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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]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

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]

References[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
19952007
Succeeded by
John Mozeliak
Preceded by
Wayne Krivsky
Cincinnati Reds General Manager
2008-present
Succeeded by
incumbent

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USA TODAY

USA TODAY
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:07:30 -0800

"We felt we needed a right-handed power hitter in the middle of our lineup," general manager Walt Jocketty says. "We were looking at either a player like that or a potential on-base guy to hit behind (leadoff man Billy) Hamilton." But to do it, the ...

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati.com
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:04:46 -0800

PHOENIX – Walt Jocketty was a popular man on Tuesday, and that's not something he was entirely happy about. A large group of Japanese reporters were waiting for him during the media availability portion of the Major League Baseball General Managers ...

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:55:56 -0800

"Devin has proven himself to be one of the leading young catchers in the game, and we think there is the potential for an even brighter future," general manager Walt Jocketty said. The 26-year-old catcher was a first-round pick — the 15th overall ...
 
Yahoo Sports (blog)
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:38:49 -0800

The sound of a ringing phone provides the sound track to the four-day event known as baseball's Winter Meetings. With deals seemingly always in the works, staying in touch with team executives, other general managers, agents and the players themselves ...

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati.com
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:07:36 -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 ...

Cincinnati.com (blog)

Cincinnati.com (blog)
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:39:21 -0800

"What we're working on now is the bullpen, anything we can do to improve our bench and pitching depth," general manager Walt Jocketty said after the Byrd trade. Fay: Byrd must produce before he can lead Reds. The bullpen is obviously the No. 1 priority.

Mount Airy News

Mount Airy News
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:11:15 -0800

Cincinnati Reds' pitcher Sam LeCure (63), Reds great Eric Davis and Reds' General Manager Walt Jocketty were three of the speakers on Friday evening during Cincy's Reds Winter Caravan stop at Chief Logan State Park. × ...

CBSSports.com

CBSSports.com
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 ...
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