The Phillies continue to plod along in their quest to fill out Gabe Kapler‘s coaching staff. With Dusty Wathan taking over as third base coach for Juan Samuel and John Mallee taking over for hitting coach Matt Stairs, there are two definite replacements in place. Rick Kranitz has been hired, but nobody – at least publicly – knows for sure what his role will be, since the Phillies reportedly continue to interview prospective pitching coaches, the spot that most people thought Kranitz would hold when his hiring was first announced.
We do know that Jim Gott, a veteran reliever who pitched in 554 major league games over 14 seasons, will be the bullpen coach. Gott is leaving his position as the Angels, where he served as the minor league pitching coordinator since 2013. The 58-year old served three seasons as the pitching coach for the Angels rookie league team before being boosted to the minor league coordinator’s job.
Of his 554 appearances, 458 of them were relief appearances and he saved 91 big league games, compiling a career mark of 56-74 with a 3.87 ERA for the Blue Jays, Giants, Pirates and Dodgers.