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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 64)
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.

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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Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report
Fri, 15 May 2015 06:02:48 -0700

At this juncture, the Cincinnati Reds have no idea what they're going to do at the deadline. They're 18-17, 6.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central and just a half game behind the final wild card spot. That makes it ...

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Cincinnati.com (blog)
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:01:42 -0700

It would certainly take some involvement with (general manager Walt Jocketty) and (pitching coach Jeff Pico) and myself. We're trying to figure out what our best rotation is, especially now that we have both Iglesias and Lorenzen up here with us ...
 
Cincinnati.com (blog)
Fri, 22 May 2015 08:22:30 -0700

If Bryan Price and Walt Jocketty want to make a move in the rotation, Moscot would seem to be an intriguing option. • Last night's C. Dot Show was a blast. Author and artist Gary Cieradkowski was the guest, and we had a great time just talking about ...

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati.com
Fri, 01 May 2015 12:11:04 -0700

"After consulting with Dr. Kremchek and other orthopaedic surgeons, we determined the best option with the most predictable outcome is to surgically repair the ligament," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said in a statement released by the team on ...

Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report
Fri, 22 May 2015 05:02:21 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds are struggling mightily right now, and if you're hoping for something different on the farm, there's little for you here. A dentist's lobby sounds more comfortable than Walt Jocketty's office at the moment. Without further ado, here ...
 
Red Reporter
Thu, 21 May 2015 08:23:39 -0700

Walt Jocketty works for Banana Bob Castellini, Reds CEO and leader of an international vegetables and fruits crime syndicate. Mr. Castellini bought the Reds and promised a contender and vaguely promising a championship in Cincinnati. He put his money ...
 
RantSports
Wed, 20 May 2015 20:11:15 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds were in need of a starting pitcher at the beginning of the season. General Manager Walt Jocketty had two options – go with someone in the Reds' minor league system or sign a veteran free agent to fill the fifth spot in the rotation ...

Kansas City Star

Red Reporter
Wed, 20 May 2015 20:00:00 -0700

I'm going to preemptively give this award to Reds' General Manager Walt Jocketty for finally showing mercy on the tortured crowds of Reds fans and dropping worthless pitcher Jason Marquis. At least, I hope. Maybe if I give him this award now he'll feel ...
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