A deserving honor:

The architect of the Reds’ first playoff berth in 15 years and their first winning season in a decade, general manager Walt Jocketty was recognized Wednesday as the 2010 Sporting News MLB Executive of the Year.

It was the third time Jocketty has won the award, after also earning it in 2000 and ’04 as GM of the Cardinals.

“We applaud Sporting News for recognizing the contributions of Walt and his staff to our 2010 championship team,” said Reds president/CEO Bob Castellini in a statement. “He continues to improve our organization both on the field and in the front office. We are proud that his work here is noticed throughout baseball.”

You can’t really argue with the selection, and Redleg Nation congratulates Jocketty on the honor. He got all the big decisions right in 2010, and was a large reason the Reds won the NL Central.

Four other Cincinnati GMs have won the award: Warren Giles (1938), Gabe Paul (1956), Bob Howsam (1973) and Bob Quinn (1990).