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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. Jocketty has also won the award in 2000 & 2004 as Cardinals GM.

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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Sun, 05 Apr 2015 10:48:45 -0700

Walt Jocketty is entering his eighth season as the president of baseball operations and general manager of the Reds. This is his 41st year working in pro baseball. It is his 21st year as the GM of a Major League Baseball franchise. Jocketty was given ...


Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:58:59 -0700

The Reds will try to get the bullpen right with the arms on the current roster — for the time being at least. But general manager Walt Jocketty did not rule out using some of the young arms in the minors if things don't turn around. Jocketty did say ...


Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:30:00 -0700

General manager Walt Jocketty and Price have said the current seven relievers need to come around as a group. "The other thing you have to be able to do is having someone to replace them, and I'm not sure we're at that point yet," Jocketty said Thursday.

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New York Daily News
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:13:17 -0700

The wonder is if GM Walt Jocketty has come to realize that. Meanwhile, with so many managers seemingly not up to the task, it is truly puzzling why no GM will take a chance on Wally Backman, who is now in his fourth year managing the Mets' Triple-A ...


Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:12:12 -0700

After Thursday's loss, both manager Bryan Price and general manager Walt Jocketty said they didn't anticipate any changes to the Reds' current bullpen coming anytime soon. "Coming out of spring training, we felt like we had a group of guys who were ...
Red Reporter
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:37:30 -0700

A day or two to assess the pain and recovery time of their 4 year, $28 million dollar All Star at such an early point in the season is something somewhat prudent, and is a tactic the Reds have employed for years under Walt Jocketty. Since it happened ...


Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:06:02 -0700

It's one of the things the Reds looked for when Walt Jocketty went to the Winter Meetings in San Diego looking to shed payroll and deal experienced big-name pitchers. Jocketty moved Mat Latos to Miami in exchange for DeSclafani and catcher Chad Wallach ...
Viva El Birdos
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:06:45 -0800

The firing of respected Walt Jocketty as Cardinals GM last Tuesday by team chairman Bill DeWitt was just another example of the growing trend of meddling owners reducing the powers of the general manager and shifting the emphasis of baseball operations ...

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