With the Phillies bullpen being historically bad in 2020, it’s not a good time for Jim Gott to have his contract expire. The Phillies have declined to re-sign Gott, who had served as the Phillies bullpen coach for three seasons.
Gott’s exit comes on top of the unexpected retirement of pitching coach Bryan Price. Some believed that Gott might be in line for Price’s position, but that never seemed likely based on the performance of the Phillies bullpen. One person who is a potential replacement for Price is assistant pitching coach Dave Lundquist. “Lundy” could also take over serve as both the assistant pitching coach and bullpen coach, should the Phillies decide to hire a new pitching coach with Lundquist staying on beneath him.
Gott had a 14-year pitching career in the majors, pitching for Toronto, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, the Dodgers and then returning to the Pirates for one final season. He joined the Phillies as bullpen coach starting with the 2018 season. Prior to joining the Phillies, Gott served as a minor league pitching coach and then as the minor league pitching coordinator for the Angels. Another claim to fame for Gott was that he worked with actor Dennis Quaid, teaching Quaid to pitch for his role as Jim Morris in the 2002 film, The Rookie.