Jim Gott

Jim Gott
Born: (1959-08-03) August 3, 1959
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

James William Gott (born August 3, 1959), is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the major leagues from 1982 to 1995.

Jim Gott was a fourth round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in June 1977. He was later the first pick in the Rule 5 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays in December 1981. Gott's first major league win was against Hall-of-Famer Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles in May 1982. On May 12, 1985, he hit two home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1988 Gott broke Kent Tekulve's Pirate single-season save record with 34 saves. Gott was a setup pitcher and closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1990 to 1994.

Gott taught Dennis Quaid to pitch during the filming of The Rookie.[1]

Gott was once quoted saying, "My earned run average is so high it looks like an AM radio station." [2]

He auditioned for ESPN's Baseball Tonight.

On November 9, 2012, Gott was promoted from pitching coach of the Arizona League Angels to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim' minor league pitching coordinator.[3]

Gott currently resides in San Marino, California. He has six children, two of whom have autism and are from different mothers.[4]


  1. "Dennis Quaid Interview-The Rookie Movie".
  2. Florence, Mal (October 12, 1997). "It's Not Quite '2-4-6-8, Who Do We Appreciate?' - Los Angeles Times". The Los Angeles Times.
  3. DiGiovanna, Mike (November 9, 2012). "Angels hire Mike Hampton, Tim Bogar for minor league roles". Los Angeles Times.
  4. Firestone, Barbara (2007). Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. pp. 70–74. ISBN 1-84310-837-2. Retrieved 29 November 2008.

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Preceded by
Mark Bomback
Toronto Blue Jays Opening Day
Starting pitcher

Succeeded by
Doyle Alexander

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