Gott with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2018
|Philadelphia Phillies – No. 35|
|Pitcher / Coach|
Born: August 3, 1959|
|April 9, 1982, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 3, 1995, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||3.87|
He was named the 2018 bullpen coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.
In baseball, he was named his league's most valuable player that year. He committed to attend Brigham Young University (BYU) on a college football scholarship as a linebacker, and was also recruited for the school's baseball team.
The St. Louis Cardinals selected Gott in the fourth round of the 1977 Major League Baseball draft. He signed with the Cardinals for a $18,500 signing bonus, rather than following through with his commitment to attend BYU.
Gott was the first pick in the Rule 5 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays in December 1981. Gott's first major league win was against Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles in May 1982.
The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Gott off of waivers in 1987. In 1988, Gott broke Kent Tekulve's franchise single-season save record of 32 saves, ending the season with 34 saves. He had elbow surgery in May 1989, and missed most of the 1989 season.
After retiring as an active player, Gott co-hosted Dodger Talk, a pre- and post-game radio show for the Dodgers for three years.
In 2010, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hired Gott as their pitching coach for the Arizona League Angels of the Rookie-level Arizona League. On November 9, 2012, Gott was promoted to the Angels' minor league pitching coordinator. Gott served in the role through 2017.
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