Saturday, November 18, 2017

Phils Get Gott

1989 Topps #752
The Phillies filled another coaching position on Friday afternoon, adding former pitcher Jim Gott as their new bullpen coach for the 2018 season.  Gott replaces John McLaren, who was let go following the season.

Gott spent the past five season as the Angels' minor league pitching coordinator and he served as the Angels pitching coach from 2010 to 2012.  He enjoyed a 14 year playing career with the Blue Jays (1982-1984), Giants (1985-1987), Pirates (1987-1989, 1995) and Dodgers (1990-1994).  He saved 34 games for the Pirates in 1988, at the time breaking Kent Tekulve's single season save tally for the franchise.

Gott appears in every Topps flagship set between 1983 and 1995.  I chose his 1989 Topps card for this post, as I'm pretty sure I pulled no less than a dozen of this particular card from packs I opened during the spring/summer of '89.

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