Listach leaving Nats for Cubs

The Nationals are in need of a third-base coach because Pat Listach is leaving the organization to become the bench coach of the Cubs, according to two baseball sources. An official announcement will be made after the World Series.

Listach, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Jim Riggleman were not available for comment. It’s not known who will replace Listach as Washington’s third-base coach. But one source said the new coach will come from outside the organization.    

Listach has a history with the Cubs, managing in the Cubs’ Minor League system for four seasons, going 253-221. His best season was in 2008, when he guided Triple-A Iowa to an 83-59 record, and he is still respected by the organization.

In August, Listach made it known that he would like to manage in the big leagues and the Cubs some day. However, he was told in early October that he was not being considered for the Cubs’ managerial position. The job eventually went to Mike Quade.          

This offseason, Listach is managing Ponce of the Puerto Rico Winter League. 

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