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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]


  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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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:38:16 -0700

It's possible, maybe even likely, that between now and the end of the month Walt Jocketty will turn water into wine, or at least Johnny Cueto into a couple certifiable stud prospects. The Reds general manager says all the heavy preparation has been done.

Cincinnati.com (blog)

Cincinnati.com (blog)
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:54:22 -0700

Mournful Monday, Mobsters. Knowing for a few weeks that J. Beisbol was outta here didn't make the actual outta here any easier to take. The run that began in 2010 (with a couple severe dips) is officially done. Hard times are here. It could be awhile ...

Today's Knuckleball (blog)

Today's Knuckleball (blog)
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:03:05 -0700

Walt Jocketty sits in an enviable position, dangling an ace in front of a bevy of suitors. But the Reds' GM knows he doesn't need to trade Cueto, putting him firmly in the driver's seat. It is officially the last week before the non-waiver trading ...

The Denver Post (blog)

The Denver Post (blog)
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:06:01 -0700

Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty speaks to reporters Sunday in the Rockies interview room at Coors Field in Denver after Johnny Cueto was traded to the Royals. (Nick Groke, The Denver Post. Johnny Cueto walked into the Cincinnati Reds ...


Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:15:00 -0700

However, Reds GM Walt Jocketty said the Reds see him as a starter. Over the past two years with the Royals, Finnegan had a 2.59 ERA in 31.1 IP, 21 relief appearances with a 3-1 record. Finnegan did make 12 starts over the past two seasons in the Royals ...


Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:56:15 -0700

CINCINNATI -- Whatever Walt Jocketty had going, it's fading fast. Should the Reds keep him around next year? The Fifth Mascot team of Ken Broo and Mr. Satin, featuring special guest John Erardi, talk about the issue with Walt. Copyright 2015 Scripps ...


Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:11:15 -0700

A lot of people expect the Reds will be sellers at the Trade Deadline, but General Manager Walt Jocketty isn't so sure. "I think we'll see how it plays out. We're prepared to go either way," Jocketty told MLB.com. "We're certainly not throwing in the ...


Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:07:30 -0700

Mella is in high-A but he's a kid we think will move pretty fast," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "Another thing that's a pretty good benchmark is whenever I talked to other clubs' general managers, every one of them said we got pretty good ...

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