Cards cut ties with longtime GM Jocketty

Architect of St Louis World Series title fired one year after
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2007 11:07 PM CDT
St. Louis Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty is seen April 10, 2005, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Jocketty is out as general manager of the Cardinals, one year after the team won the World Series...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.