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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]


Walt 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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Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:31:34 -0700

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:41:15 -0700

Walt Jocketty will be back to supervise whatever retooling the Reds do this offseason. But don't expect any of it happen soon. More on that later. Jocketty would not comment on his job status. He is in the last year of three-year contract. Foxsports ...
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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:37:00 -0700

Walt Jocketty is now 121 games into his 7th season as the General Manager of the Reds - his second such lengthy and successful stint as a GM in the big leagues - and he's in the last year of the 3 year contract extension he signed in September of 2011.

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Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:22:30 -0700

It seems like Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty will be back for the 2015 season. The news comes as a slap in the face to everyone who has purchased a ticket this season. His contract ends after this year, and it was widely speculated–much ...

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:19:25 -0700

Barring a move for one of the top players in baseball, others shouldn't even find their way into the the conversation. The Reds have two players who Walt Jocketty should slap with an "untouchable" label, those being Robert Stephenson and Michael Lorenzen.

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:22:02 -0700

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:12:41 -0700

Walt Jocketty made improving the pitching a priority, and he certainly has done that. Drafting Leake, trading for Latos, securing Bailey, finding Chapman, picking Simon off the heap. All good stuff. But only a blind man couldn't see the Reds needed a ...
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Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:56:15 -0700

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