Jim Gott, Bullpen Coach
Similar to Craig Driver and Paco Figueroa, Jim Gott‘s hire as Phillies bullpen coach in November 2017 marked his first major league coaching assignment.
Gott might be especially willing to re-join Kapler, in California, as he previously spent eight years with the Los Angeles Angels as minor league pitching coordinator (2013-17). He was also pitching coach for the Arizona League Angels from 2010-12). He also grew up in California, given he is a 1977 graduate of San Marino High School (CA).
Gott played in parts of 14 seasons in the major leagues, including with the Giants from 1985 to 1987. He finished with a 56-74 record, 3.87 ERA, and 91 saves spanning 554 career appearances.
Perhaps Gott’s most notable career mark was that he earned his first Major League win in May 1982 opposite future Hall of Famer Jim Palmer; this game ended up being the first of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken‘s record-breaking games played streak.