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Pat Listach would have interest in Chicago Cubs manager's job

While Nationals third base coach Pat Listach will be up against a handful of difficult candidates to compete with, he said today he has interest in the Chicago Cubs manager position, which Lou Piniella will leave vacant after the season.

"I don't know anybody on the planet who wouldn't be," Listach said. "To be considered, with the names that they're talking about for that job, would be an honor by itself."

The Cubs are likely to look at multiple high-profile candidates, including Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, currently a manager in the Cubs' minor league system. They could also interview several experienced managers currently out of work, such as Bobby Valentine.

Listach could be considered because of his ties to the Cubs. He managed in the Cubs' minor league system for three seasons, two years at Class AA and three years with Class AAA Iowa. He has yet to be contacted and assumes if he is, it won't be until after the season.

"I don't think I should," Listach said. "I don't expect anything to happen until the season's over. That's the proper way to do it."

Listach still keeps in touch with former members of his staff from his managing job in the Cubs' minor league system. He admires Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and cherished his time in Chicago's organization.

"It was great," Listach said. "Great organization, great people. A lot of it has to do with the aura of the Cubs. Everybody loves them. Everybody wants them to win."

In his two seasons coaching third base and infield for the Nationals, Listach feels his experience has made him better suited to manage in the majors. Manager Jim Riggleman has often vouched for Listach as a potential manager.

"I'm learning every day," Listach said. "When [Riggleman] does things, I know why he does it. But he'll explain it to us anyway."

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 21, 2010; 6:40 PM ET
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Listach is smarter than Riggleman, that's for sure. I remember reading an article when he was coaching at the lower levels and one of his players was talking about how far ahead Listach could think in the game. Said he was brilliant overall. Good luck to him.

Posted by: Brue | July 21, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

He is a terrible third base coach. TERRIBLE. And Managers need to show some guts which the Nationals coaching staff clearly lacks. To parrot my man Rob Dibble, SEND HIM HOME WITH TWO OUTS WHEN YOU ARE 13 GAMES UNDER .500! THE TEAM HAD THREE EXTRA BASE HITS SINCE FRIDAY!

Posted by: mjwies11 | July 21, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Come to think of it, I actually saw the special on ESPN about Listach and how evolved he was. That left an impression on me, especially from a coaching standpoint. They did an entire feature on him and his coaching possibilities. Every time I saw his name after that, I would pay attention, and then he comes over to the Nats to coach third and die. The Nats have half the answers right here. Riggles OUT Listach IN

Posted by: Brue | July 21, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Listach is my cousin and he can't even handle his own family, let alone handle the Cubs 102 year curse and there crazy weird fans. Chicago will chew him up and spit him out quick!

Posted by: Llorens1creole | July 26, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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