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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]

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]

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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409 news items

CBSSports.com

CBSSports.com
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:04:25 -0700

The Reds have signed GM Walt Jocketty to a contract extension that runs through 2016, the team announced. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer first reported the news. “This franchise has had great success under Walt's guidance, and we're delighted he ...

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati.com
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:17:04 -0700

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said no major front office shake-up is coming. There were reports of one when Bob Miller, vice president and assistant general manager, said he was leaving. "There's no shake-up," Jocketty said. "I don't know where ...

The Courier-Journal

The Courier-Journal
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:20:15 -0700

Both Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and field manager Bryan Price will be back for 2015, a club source told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday. Jocketty is in the final year of his contract. An extension will likely be announced next week.

Yahoo Canada Sports (blog)

Yahoo Canada Sports (blog)
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:43:23 -0700

... time in early July and stayed there until the end of the season. Votto had been targeting a September return to the Reds but Cincinnati GM Walt Jocketty decided against bringing his star first baseman back with the team already out of the playoff ...

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati.com
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:15:00 -0700

Ever since he became the general manager of the Reds, Walt Jocketty has stressed pitching and defense as the keys to success. And while that combination didn't lead to much success for the Reds in 2014, it was a winning formula for both the Royals and ...

Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati.com
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:37:32 -0700

Walt Jocketty believes the current Reds, when healthy, are a very good baseball team. What if he's right? How would it be if the 2015 Reds looked a lot like the 2014 version, the only tweak being a new left fielder to get on base, drive runners home ...

USA TODAY

SI.com
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:10:13 -0700

The team announced Saturday that it has given general manager Walt Jocketty a two-year contract extension. Jocketty, whose contract was set to expire after this season, became the team's GM in 2008 and helped lead the Reds back to the playoffs in 2010 ...

Cincinnati.com (blog)

Cincinnati.com (blog)
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:56:15 -0700

"He was incredible," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "It was 94, 95 (mph), and threw his curveball, slider and change. He threw strikes. It was really free and easy. He's a fun guy to watch." Iglesias was in uniform for the Surprise Saguaros ...
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