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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 the General Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from October 14, 1994 until October 3, 2007.

Oakland and Colorado[edit]

Jocketty began working for the Oakland Athletics 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's 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.[citation needed]

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, 03 Oct 2015 16:26:11 -0700

Bryan Price will return as the Cincinnati Reds' manager in 2016, general manager Walt Jocketty told reporters Saturday. Jocketty spoke before Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The announcement comes despite a second consecutive losing ...

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Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:54:47 -0700

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty isn't ready to move out of the general manager's chair. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, left, talks to first baseman Joey Votto during live batting practice in Goodyear on Feb. 25. (Photo: The Enquirer/Kareem ...


Wed, 30 Sep 2015 06:20:24 -0700

“When we went into this, we didn't think about breaking any records,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We're just trying to finish off the season with our young starting pitchers of the future. [Going with all rookie starters] gives us a ...


Sat, 19 Sep 2015 21:16:20 -0700

General manager Walt Jocketty, the architect of one World Series champion in St. Louis and six other playoff teams with the Cardinals, isn't used to this. “I'm used to winning, so it's tough not to be in contention at this time of year,” said Jocketty ...

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Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:45:00 -0700

It turns out that the NL Central wound up being the best division in baseball, sending three clubs to the playoffs, each with 97 or more wins. On top of that, general manager Walt Jocketty failed to build any sort of depth. Due to a number of large ...

Hardball Times

Hardball Times
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 03:01:38 -0700

... at Baseball Prospectus to teams avoiding Scott Boras's clients to reporters discussing how Billy Beane has good relationships with various GMs around baseball to the idea that Walt Jocketty still resents Jeff Luhnow enough that he wouldn't trade ...
Red Reporter
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:41:00 -0700

Front offices in the baseball world are just that: they're offices. That means that despite GMs and scouts being in charge of fielding teams that play what we all consider merely a game, there's a major business involved, and major businesses have ...
Red Reporter
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:06:05 -0700

As BK noted in the primer linked to above, we had to make a number of personnel decisions before we even got started since Walt Jocketty just loooooves adding option years onto the back-end of player contracts. We did the obvious in declining the 2015 ...

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