James William Gott (born August 3, 1959) is an American coach and former professional baseball pitcher.
Gott pitched in Major League Baseball for 14 years for the Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1982 to 1995. He is the bullpen coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Gott was born in Hollywood, California. He graduated from San Marino High School in San Marino, California, in 1977.
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 ($78,000 in current dollar terms) signing bonus, rather than follow through with his commitment to attend BYU. He began his professional career with the Calgary Cardinals of the Rookie-level Pioneer League.
Gott was the first pick in the Rule 5 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays in December 1981. In his minor league career, he was 28-42 with one save and a 4.71 ERA, in 626.2 innings over 131 games (104 of which were starts).
He made his major league debut in 1982. Gott's first major league win was against Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles in May 1982. In 1983, he was fifth in the American League in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (6.164).
In January 1985, the Blue Jays traded Gott along with two minor league players to the San Francisco Giants for Gary Lavelle. On May 12, 1985, Gott hit two home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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 (2nd in the NL). He was also 7th in the National League in games played (67). He had elbow surgery in May 1989, and missed most of the 1989 season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Gott as a free agent after the 1989 season for $300,000 ($619,000 in current dollar terms). Gott was a setup pitcher and closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1990 to 1994. In 1993, he was 9th in the National League in saves (25).
In his 14-year major league career, Gott was 56-74 with 91 saves and a 3.87 ERA in 1,120 innings over 554 games (96 of which were starts).
Radio hosting career
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 that role through 2017.
On November 17, 2017, the Philadelphia Phillies named Gott their bullpen coach for the 2018 season.
Gott's brother, Erich, attended BYU on a scholarship for golf. He resides in San Marino, California. He has six children, two of whom have autism.