Pat Listach feels ready for his chance to manage
Nationals third base coach Pat Listach has not been contacted by any teams regarding an interview for an open managerial position, but he could become a candidate for several openings and would "definitely" jump at the chance to interview for any vacancy "if the Nationals grant permission," Listach said.
Several teams - including the Blue Jays, Cubs, Mets and Marlins, among others - will likely hire new managers this offseason. Manager Jim Riggleman has several times touted both Listach and bench coach John McLaren - who managed the Seattle Mariners in 2007 and 2008 - as strong managerial candidates.
Listach managed for several seasons in the Cubs minor league season, winning one manager of the year award along the way. This offseason, he will manage in a Puerto Rican winter ball league. On Friday, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported the Blue Jays, in their final season with Cito Gaston as manager, have interest in Listach.
"I don't know what's going to happen," Listach said. "I've seen my name in the paper before. That's a great feeling to even be considered. Until I officially get a call, I'm going to try to win as many games as I can here."
September 19, 2010; 12:41 PM ET
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