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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.
Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach met for two hours with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and assistant GM Gord Ash on Tuesday about Milwaukee’s vacant managerial position.
Listach said the interview went well and the trio talked about everything from the Major League roster to player development.
“It’s was tremendous,” Listach said by phone. “The interview was well planned. They asked the right questions. It was very detailed.”
Listach has a history with the Brewers. He was drafted by the Brewers in the fifth round of the 1988 First-Year Player Draft. He would go on to play five Major League seasons with the Brewers. His best year was in 1992, when he hit .290 with one home run, 47 RBIs, 54 stolen bases and 93 runs scored. He would win American League Rookie of the Year honors for that great season.
Listach has managerial experience. Listach managed 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.
Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan has received word that his hearing with the league office has been pushed back from Tuesday to next Friday, according to a baseball source. The hearing will take place hours before the Nationals play the Marlins.
Morgan is currently appealing a seven-game suspension for hitting a fan with a thrown ball at Citizens Bank Park. He most likely will talk to the league office about the fracas with the Marlins during a 16-10 loss on Wednesday night.
Morgan charged the mound in the sixth inning and threw a punch at Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad, who threw a pitch behind the left-handed hitter. It marked the second time Volstad threw a pitch at Morgan. Two innings earlier, Volstad hit Morgan in the lower back. Morgan went on to steal two bases in the inning even though Washington was down, 14-3.
The Marlins had a problem with Morgan dating back to Tuesday’s game, when he barreled into catcher Brett Hayes, who suffered a separated shoulder on the play.
In other news, Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach received a three-game suspension for his involvement in the brawl between the Nationals and the Marlins, according to another baseball source.
The video showed Listch going into the pile trying to protect Morgan. Listach didn’t return a phone message.
Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach said he would like to manage the Cubs. According to published reports, Listach became a candidate for the job after Lou Piniella stepped down after Sunday’s game against the Braves. Mike Quade is currently the interim manager.
Listach managed 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.
“I would definitely like the job,” Listach said. “But I have a job to do here in Washington. If that job is available, it would be a dream come true. When you bring championship to that city and that team, it’s a big deal.
“It’s one of the elite jobs in baseball. When you start talking about the Cubs, Yankees Red Sox and Dodgers, that’s the elite of the elite. Just to be considered is an honor. It makes me feel good as a person that I’ve done the right things in this game that people would consider me”
While in the Cubs Minor League system, Listach managed players such as Geovany Soto, Tyler Colvin and Carlos Marmol, who are currently in the big leagues.
“They had success in the Minor League level and they have been promoted and they have stuck,” Listach said.
Piniella is the reason Listach is with the Nationals. Piniella spoke to then-general manager Jim Bowden, who hired Listach as the team’s third-base coach because of that recommendation.
Listach understands there will be a lot of competition for the Cubs managerial job.
“I respect all the other managers who are in contention — Ryan Sandberg, Mike Quade, Fredi Gonzalez and Bob Brenly. We have all heard the same names. I respect all those guys. They are good people. They want the job as well. I hope they keep Quade as manager.”
With Cubs manager Lou Piniella retiring after this season, Nationals third baseman Pat Listach declined to say if he was interested in the managerial job. But a person close to Listach said he would be interested in managing the Cubs.
Listach has a history of managing in the Cubs’ Minor League system for four season, going 253-221. His best season was in 2008, when he went guided Triple A Iowa to a 83-59 record. Listach still has respect in the organization.
Listach also managed seven Cubs players in the Minor Leagues, including Geovany Soto and Tyler Colvin and Ryan Theriot.
Piniella is the reason Listach is a coach with the Nationals. Piniella spoke to then-general manager Jim Bowden, who hired Listach because of Piniella’s recommendation.
The Nationals will soon announce that John McLaren will be Jim Riggleman’s bench coach and they have retained Rick Eckstein, Pat Listach and Steve McCatty as the hitting coach, third-base coach and pitching coach, respectively, according to a baseball source.
McLaren is best known for managing the Mariners for parts of the 2007 and ’08 seasons. Riggleman was his bench coach in ’08. McLaren was also on Lou Piniella’s coaching staffs when both were with the Reds, Mariners and Devil Rays.
Riggleman and general manager Mike Rizzo were not available for comment.
As for Eckstein, Listach and McCatty, they come back for a second season with Washington. Under Eckstein, the Nationals ranked ninth in hitting [.258], while hitting 156 home runs and 685 RBIs.
Listach, who has managed in the Cubs system for several years, will continue be an infield instructor.
McCatty replaced Randy St. Claire in May and had a great relationship with the young pitchers such as John Lannan and Craig Stammen. McCatty is looking improve a pitching staff that had National League-worst 5.00 ERA.
The Nationals are looking to hire a first-base and bullpen coach. Marquis Grissom and Randy Knorr are not returning to the club. Knorr will be the manager of Double-A Harrisburg and Grissom has been offered a job to be the hitting coach at Triple-A Syracuse. It’s not known if he will accept the job.