Former St. Louis Cardinals general manager, Walt Jocketty has been hired by the Cincinnati Reds as a special advisor to president and CEO Bob Castellini.
Jocketty will advise and assist Castellini in every facet of baseball operations, including matters related to the front office, Major League field and support personnel, scouting and Minor League and international operations along with training and medical services.
"We are fortunate to be able to add to our baseball department someone who has had as much success in the game as Walt. Clearly, he is a proven winner and his experience will be invaluable to me and to our entire organization," Castellini said. "He wants to keep his hand in baseball this season. When you have the chance to hire someone with his credentials, you have to take advantage of that opportunity. We're doing everything we can to improve our franchise."
Jocketty has been involved in baseball for over 30 years, and spent the last 13 years with the Cardinals where he took them to the playoffs seven times, won the NL Central Division six times and the 2001 NL Wild Card while earning two National League championships and the 2006 World Series title.
Jocketty left the Cardinals last year when friction started to build during a year that saw the Cardinals post a disappointing 78-win record after winning the World Series the year prior. Another turning point seems to have come when Bill DeWitt promoted Jeff Luhnow to the position of Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Player Development.
Source: Cincinnati Reds, and other various sources