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Nats' third base coach Pat Listach would like to manage Cubs

Aug 25, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

Throw another name in the ring. We first heard of his interest over the weekend, but Nationals third base coach Pat Listach reiterated to Bill Ladson of MLB.com that he would like to manage the Cubs.

“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 a 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.”

Listach, who turns 43 next month, never played with the Cubs during his six-year major league career, however he managed or coached for nine seasons in the team’s minor league system. He compiled a 253-221 record over three-plus seasons as a manager, including winning the PCL’s Manager of the Year Award with Triple-A Iowa in 2008. This is Listach’s second season as Washington’s third base coach.

Listach has a very impressive resume, but he’ll have to beat out interim manager Mike Quade, Fredi Gonzalez, Ryne Sandberg and Bob Brenly, among others, for the post. It won’t be easy. You don’t need me to tell you that the Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908. Whoever can break that streak will be a hero in the city forever, so there’s endless appeal to the gig.  

  1. Jonny5 - Aug 25, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Of course he would, as would any other 3rd base coach on any other team. I like to think it’s what they strive for.

  2. hoopmatch - Aug 25, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    As much as I like Bob Brenly as a broadcaster, I get the feeling that general managers around the MLB see two big negatives with him as a potential manager. (A) He hasn’t managed since 2004. And (B) his World Series ring (with the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks) loses some luster when you consider that he won it in first year as manager with a roster built and trained by others. Cubs GM Jim Hendry has passed up the chance to hire Bob before. Why should he change his mind now? Bob also lost out to Ken Macha when he interviewed for the Brewers job a couple years ago.

  3. MuskyHunter2542 - Aug 25, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    I wouldnt manage the sCrUBS and im a 36 year old Investment Banker.

  4. walk - Aug 25, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    I had heard that current coach alan trammel wouldnt be considered for the position. Does anyone know why? To me it says thay have no confidence in him. The second i heard that i couldnt even apply for the job i would have wanted to know why and likely would have left the organization.

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