WHAT WILL JOCKETTY DO?
WHAT WILL JOCKETTY DO?
After thirteen years of
service including seven NL Central titles, two national league
championships, and one World Series Championship; Walt Jocketty was fired
from the Cardinals organization on October 3, 2007 by team owner Bill
DeWitt. The two-time MLB Executive of the Year ('00 and '04) was responsible
for seven straight winning seasons and two 100+ win seasons in 2004 and
2005. During his time in St. Louis, Jocketty made many transactions that
enabled such success:
1996-Aquired Dennis Eckersley from the Oakland A's. Finished season
88-74 and won the NL Central. Lost to Braves in NLCS 4-3.
1997-Traded Dmitri Young to the Reds for Jeff Brantley and acquired
Mark McGuire from the A's for three players. McGuire spent the next 5 years
in St. Louis hitting 220 homeruns and driving in 473 runs. Team finished
1998-Acquired Edgar Renteria from the Marlins for Braden Looper and
two others. Team finished third (83-79), but Renteria would spend the next
six years as the Cardinals' shortstop (.290AVG, 451RBI, 973H, 497R).
2000-Finished first in the NL Central (95-67) after adding Jim
Edmonds, Mike Timlin, Jason Christiansen, Will Clark, and Steve Kline. The
only notable player traded away was Jack Wilson. Jim Edmonds hit 241
homeruns and drove in 713 while averaging .285 during eight season with the
Cardinals. Lost to Mets 4-1 in NLCS.
2001-Lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 in LDS after claiming first
in the NL Central (93-69) for the second year in a row. Acquiring Woody
Williams from the Padres for Ray Lankford and cash on August 2nd, helped
propel the Cards into the postseason. During his four years in St. Louis,
Williams posted a 45-22 record and a 3.53 ERA in 92 starts.
2002-Traded away Bud Smith, Placido Palanco, and Coco Crisp in
separate deals. In return the Cardinals received Chuck Finley, Jeff Fassero,
Jamey Wright, and Scott Rolen. St. Louis won their division once again
(97-65), but were defeated by the Giants 4-1 in the NLCS. Scott Rolen played
661 games for the Redbirds hitting 111 homers and driving in 453 runs over
the next six seasons.
2004-Won 105 games. En route to a World Series appearance (lost to
boston 4-0) Jocketty acquired Tony Womack, Brian Hunter, Roger Cedeno, and
Larry Walker. Gave up Dan Haren, Chris Naverson, and Jason Ryan among
2005-Defending NL Champs won 100 games and finished first in the NL
Central, but lost to the Astros 4-2 in the NLCS.
2006-In the month of July, Jocketty traded for Jeff Weaver, Ronnie
Belliard, and Jorge Sosa. Cardinals finished first in the NL Central (83-78)
and defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-1 in the World Series.
After bringing St. Louis their first World Championship since 1982,
Jocketty's 2007 Cardinal team finished in third place and he was fired after
On January 11, 2008 Walt Jocketty was hired by the Cincinnati Reds as a
Special Advisor. On April 23, 2008 he replaced Wayne Krivsky as General
Manager of the Reds. Walt quickly began assembling the team that we know
2008-Ken Griffey Jr. (and cash) traded to the White Sox for Nick
Masset and Danny Richar. Adam Dunn (and cash) traded to Arizona for Dallas
Buck, Micah Owings, and Wilkin Castillo. Ryan Freel and two others traded to
the Orioles for Ramon Hernandez. Masset, Owings, and Hernandez are all
currently on the Reds' big league roster.
2009-Acquired Drew Sutton for Jeff Keppinger, Corky Miller for Norris
Hopper, and Wladimir Balentien for Robert Manuel. At the '09 trade deadline
Jocketty shipped off Jerry Hairston Jr. to the Yankees and traded Josh
Roenicke, Edwin Encarnacion, and Zach Stewart for Scott Rolen. Dumped the
salaries of David Weathers (Brewers) and Alex Gonzolez (Red Sox).
Walt Jocketty has also added free agents such as Jonny Gomes, Laynce Nix,
and Arthur Rhodes during his quick stint in Cincinnati. The selections of
Mike Leake and Yonder Alonso in the MLB draft along with the obvious signing
of Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman prove that Jocketty's baseball
intelligence is elite.
If you decide to do nothing before August 1 we will trust your decision, Mr.
Jocketty. Your record stands alone as proof that you will attain victory in
the Queen City.
What will Jocketty do?
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'I like what we've got'
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All Quiet JOHN