The St. Louis Cardinals terminated the contract of general manager Walt Jocketty a year before it expired. Team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. cited a “different philosophy and vision” as the reason for the decision, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jocketty had been the club’s general manager since 1994 and built the team that won the 2006 World Series.
DeWitt acknowledged there had been tension in the front office, which stemmed in part from his decision last year to remove draft and farm system control from a Jocketty lieutenant. Assistant general manager John Mozeliak will replace Jocketty on an interim basis; he is also a candidate for the fulltime job. "To say he was not 100 percent happy would certainly be accurate," DeWitt said.