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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 65)
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 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 the General Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from October 14, 1994 until October 3, 2007.

Oakland and Colorado[edit]

Jocketty began working for the Oakland Athletics 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 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's 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.[citation needed]

After the 2015 season, he was named to the new position of President of Baseball Operations.[6]

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
  6. ^ http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/11/reds-promote-dick-williams-to-gm-jocketty-to-serve-as-president-of-baseball-ops.html
Preceded by
Dal Maxvill
St. Louis Cardinals General Manager
Succeeded by
John Mozeliak
Preceded by
Wayne Krivsky
Cincinnati Reds General Manager
Succeeded by
Dick Williams

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Wed, 04 Nov 2015 12:17:15 -0800

CINCINNATI -- The Reds promoted Dick Williams to general manager on Wednesday as part of a succession plan for 64-year-old Walt Jocketty, who will stay on as director of baseball operations for one more year before moving into an advisory role ...

Cincinnati.com (blog)

Cincinnati.com (blog)
Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:54:47 -0700

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty isn't ready to move out of the general manager's chair. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, left, talks to first baseman Joey Votto during live batting practice in Goodyear on Feb. 25. (Photo: The Enquirer/Kareem ...

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:41:00 -0700

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:13:19 -0700

General manager Walt Jocketty and Reds' fans had seen enough of the guy who worked his toothpick better than he worked his bullpen. Reds' fans won't enjoy this exercise, but fast forward three seasons. Baker and multiple members of that 2013 are having ...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 21:07:30 -0700

There he spends many hours commiserating with former Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa and general manager Walt Jocketty. One can only imagine the discussions the three have about scouting talent, making draft decisions and running a franchise.

Today's Knuckleball (blog)

Today's Knuckleball (blog)
Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:22:37 -0700

The National League Central was the best in baseball last season, not only providing the top record in the game with the 100-win St. Louis Cardinals but also the second- and third-best records in the 98-win Pittsburgh Pirates and the 97-win Chicago Cubs.


Thu, 07 Apr 2016 08:56:15 -0700

Finishing in last place in the National League Central Division in 2015 gave President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty incentive to completely blow up the roster, so this year's roster is definitely the definition of one put together on a budget ...

Washington Post

Washington Post
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 10:07:17 -0700

Last fall, after two years out of baseball looked all but certain to grow to three, Chris Speier accepted that his time had passed. Old connections weren't returning his calls and texts. No one had a place for a veteran of 19 seasons as a player and ...

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