Sr. Vice President & General Manager
St. Louis Cardinals
John "Mo" Mozeliak was named the Cardinals Senior Vice President and General Manager in October, 2007. Mozeliak received a three-year contract extension through 2016 in February, 2013. He was promoted from Assistant General Manager - a position he had held for six seasons - and he is the 12th general manager in the over 100-year history of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mozeliak saw the 2012 team return to the National League Championship series and fall just one win short of a return trip to the World Series. Led by a new manager and with a series of young talent that stepped in throughout the season, the 2012 Cardinals captured the second Wild Card spot in the National League in Major League Baseball's new playoff format. Mo's efforts were recognized by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum which honored him with their Andrew "Rube" Foster Award as Executive of the Year. The organization was recently recognized by Baseball America, MLB.com and ESPN.com for its scouting and player development prior to the start of the 2013 season.
During his fourth season as General Manager in 2011, Mozeliak engineered a series of late season moves credited with helping transform the Cardinals into an exciting, "never say die" team that came from 10 ½ games back in late August en route to the team's 11th World Championship. Baseball America named the Cardinals as their 2011 Organization of the Year. This prestigious honor, awarded to the Cardinals for the first time, recognized that the team's big league success was built upon a strong foundation of a restructured organization that claimed two minor league titles in 2011 and that since 2005 has had more team-drafted players debut in the majors than any other club in MLB. In addition, Mo was the 2011 recipient of the MLB.com GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball Yearly) Executive of the Year award and he was named, along with Tony LaRussa, as the 2011 Baseball Man of the Year by the St. Louis Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
In January 2010, Mo orchestrated the largest player contract in team franchise history with the signing of Matt Holliday to a seven-year deal with an option for 2017. Upon being named GM in 2007, Mo traded for David Freese and in March of 2012 he completed a deal with catcher Yadier Molina that ensures one of the best catchers in the game remains in a Cardinals uniform through at least 2017. Mo's in-season moves in 2009 helped the Cardinals to their first N.L. Central Division title under his watch.
Mozeliak joined the organization following the 1995 season where he initially served as an assistant in scouting operations during both the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Mo was named assistant scouting director in 1998 and was promoted to scouting director during 1999 and 2000. Several notable players came out of the draft classes of '99 and 2000 under Mo's direction, most notably first baseman and perennial All-Star Albert Pujols who was drafted in the 13th round of the 1999 draft, as well as catcher Yadier Molina.
In 2001, Mozeliak was named Director of Baseball Operations and in 2003 he was promoted to Assistant General Manager. During his time as Assistant GM, Mo's duties increased as he focused more on the Major League Club and professional scouting, while still having direct involvement in both the scouting and player development departments.
Mozeliak began his career in baseball in 1993 with the Colorado Rockies where he worked in a variety of positions in baseball operations. He attended the University of Arizona and the University of Colorado. He currently serves as the National Trustee for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Mozeliak lives in St. Louis with his wife, Julie, daughter, Allyson, and son, Will.