One year after taking the St. Louis Cardinals all the way to a World Series Championship, general manager Walt Jocketty has "parted ways" with the Red Birds.
A 4pm local time press conference has been called to make the announcement. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Assistant general manager John Mozeliak has been named interim GM by Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and is a candidate to succeed Jocketty on a full-time basis.
Jocketty’s contract runs through 2008 and he apparently reached terms on a financial settlement with DeWitt in a meeting Wednesday morning.
DeWitt made the news known to Jocketty this morning that the franchise would be continuing on without him.
The Post-Dispatch reports that the change will be viewed more as a dismissal than a resignation. Jocketty has been unhappy since DeWitt promoted Jeff Luhnow to the position of Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Player Development.
Luhnow is not viewed as a replacement for Jocketty.
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