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Jocketty done as Cardinals' general manager

October 04, 2007|From the Associated Press

Walt Jocketty is out after 13 seasons as general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, one year after the team won the World Series for the first time since 1982.

Team President Mark Lamping said Jocketty's departure with a year remaining on his contract was a mutual decision, and that he'd be paid. Chief Executive Bill DeWitt Jr. said Jocketty and the Cardinals had "cordially and respectfully parted ways."

"We were in agreement our arrangement had likely run its course," DeWitt said.

It's unclear how Jocketty's departure affects the status of Manager Tony La Russa, whose contract expired after the season. Jocketty hired La Russa in 1996.

Roger Clemens, who had several starts pushed back because of an injured hamstring, said that he's set to pitch for the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the division series against the Cleveland Indians.

Clemens had no problems during a 69-pitch simulated game on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., a final tuneup before what will be his 34th postseason start.

Tom Glavine is likely to decline his $13-million option with the New York Mets by Friday's deadline, giving the pitcher time to think about his future.

Glavine's contract said he must make a decision on the option by the fifth day after the Mets concluded their season.

Agent Gregg Clifton said it was doubtful Glavine would have made a decision by the deadline.

Glavine went 13-8 with a 4.45 earned-run average in 34 starts.

Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez had surgery on his injured left shoulder and is expected to be ready for spring training.

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