Monday, Nov. 1, 2010
Updated 6:19 PM
By Patrick MooneyCSNChicago.com
Pat Listach is leaving the Washington Nationals major-league staff to rejoin the Cubs as Mike Quades bench coach, sources confirmed Monday.
Listach enjoyed a more decorated playing career he was the American Leagues Rookie of the Year in 1992 but his development background is similar to Quades in a sense. Listach was Washingtons third-base coach the past two years and previously spent nine seasons as a coach or manager in the Cubs system.
Listach managed at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa after playing six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros. The 43-year-old is well-regarded by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry for his work at those minor-league affiliates.
The promotion of Quade a third-base coach who also once managed in Des Moines began in Washington and in late August it looked like Listach could be a candidate for a bigger job.
Quade frequently deflected credit for the teams 24-13 finish to his coaching staff and it will remain almost entirely intact for 2011.
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild and hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo were already under contract for next season. Ivan DeJesus and Bob Dernier are expected to coach third and first base and Lester Strode will be back as bullpen coach.
Last week Alan Trammell the Cubs bench coach since 2007 agreed to take the same job with the Arizona Diamondbacks and work for his good friend Kirk Gibson. Trammell tried to teach Starlin Castro and that figures to be a project for Listach, who last year worked extensively with another rookie shortstop in Ian Desmond.
That leaves only one opening on the Cubs coaching staff the special assistant role held by Matt Sinatro, who spent 15 seasons with Lou Piniella and will not return next year. Though Ryne Sandberg has been promised a position within the organization if he wants it it wont be as a major-league coach.
A Cubs spokesman declined to comment on the Listach hire. Major League Baseball prefers that teams do not make announcements during the World Series.
But the Cubs will make news this week as Hendry and the rest of the baseball operations department assembles in Arizona for organizational meetings. On Tuesday Mesa residents will vote on Proposition 420, which would enable the city to spend close to 100 million on a new spring-training facility for the Cubs.
Patrick Mooney is CSNChicago.com's Cubs beat writer. Follow Patrick on Twitter @CSNMooney for up-to-the-minute Cubs news and views.