Jim Gott

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Jim Gott
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Gott with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2018
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 35
Pitcher / Coach
Born: (1959-08-03) August 3, 1959 (age 59)
Hollywood, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1982, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
August 3, 1995, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 56–74
Earned run average 3.87
Strikeouts 837
Saves 91

As coach

James William Gott (born August 3, 1959) is an American former professional baseball pitcher and coach.

Gott pitched in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1982 to 1995.

He was named the 2018 bullpen coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.


Gott graduated from San Marino High School in San Marino, California, in 1977.[1]

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.[2]

The St. Louis Cardinals selected Gott in the fourth round of the 1977 Major League Baseball draft.[3] He signed with the Cardinals for a $18,500 signing bonus, rather than following through with his commitment to attend BYU.[2]

He began his professional career with the Calgary Cardinals of the Rookie-level Pioneer League.[3]

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.

In January 1985, the Blue Jays traded Gott along with two minor league players to the San Francisco Giants for Gary Lavelle.[4]

On May 12, 1985, Gott hit two home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals.[citation needed]

The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Gott off of waivers in 1987.[3] In 1988, Gott broke Kent Tekulve's franchise single-season save record of 32 saves,[5] ending the season with 34 saves.[6] He had elbow surgery in May 1989, and missed most of the 1989 season.[3]

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Gott as a free agent after the 1989 season for $300,000.[7] Gott was a setup pitcher and closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1990 to 1994.

After retiring as an active player, Gott co-hosted Dodger Talk, a pre- and post-game radio show for the Dodgers for three years.[1]

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.[1] On November 9, 2012, Gott was promoted to the Angels' minor league pitching coordinator.[8] Gott served in the role through 2017.

On November 17, 2017, the Philadelphia Phillies named Gott their bullpen coach for the 2018 season.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Gott's brother, Erich, attended BYU on a scholarship for golf.[2] He resides in San Marino, California. He has six children, two of whom have autism and are from different mothers.[10]

Gott taught Dennis Quaid to pitch for his portrayal of Jim Morris in the 2002 film The Rookie.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Changing Colors: San Marino Native Jim Gott Returns to the Major Leagues as Bullpen Coach". San Marino Tribune. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Benson, Lee (September 1, 1991). "Gott Says Dodgers Must Focus On What They Don'T Need To Do". Deseret News. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "A Prodigal Son Returns a Man : Baseball: Dodgers' Gott had all of the advantages as a child in San Marino. Now he helps others find themselves. - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. August 7, 1990. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  4. ^ AP (January 27, 1985). "Blue Jays Get Lavelle". NYTimes.com. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "Consistency Makes Gott`s Closing Act A Success".
  6. ^ "Phillies Add Jim Gott to Coaching Staff". 97.3 ESPN.
  7. ^ "Dodgers Go for Relief, Take Gamble on Jim Gott - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. December 8, 1989. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  8. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (November 9, 2012). "Angels hire Mike Hampton, Tim Bogar for minor league roles". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "Phillies hire Jim Gott for bullpen coach as staff slowly forms". Philly.com. November 17, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  10. ^ Firestone, Barbara (2007). Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. pp. 70–74. ISBN 1-84310-837-2. Retrieved November 29, 2008.
  11. ^ "Dennis Quaid Interview-The Rookie Movie".

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mark Bomback
Toronto Blue Jays Opening Day
Starting pitcher

Succeeded by
Doyle Alexander