Pat Listach will interview for Milwaukee Brewers manager job today
Nationals third base coach Pat Listach flew to Milwaukee today to interview for the Brewers' vacant managerial job. The Nationals intend to bring back their entire coaching staff, but they granted the Brewers permission to speak with Listach.
"I don't know what the words are to describe it," Listach said this afternoon during a layover on the way to Milwaukee. "I haven't been able to eat all day. This is a dream job. It's the opportunity you've been working your whole life for."
Listach, who also coaches Nationals infielders, won the 1992 Rookie of the Year award while playing shortstop for the Brewers. He has wanted to manage in the majors since he retired from playing in 1997. He managed and coached for several years in the Chicago Cubs minor league system.
Listach said he "hadn't thought about" leaving the Nationals for any reason beyond managing, but his connection to the Cubs may give him a choice. He worked for three seasons in Class AAA with Mike Quade, whom the Cubs today tapped as their new manager.
Listach knows Quade well. He spoke with Quade late Monday night to congratulate him. When the Cubs visited the Nationals or vice versa during the season, Listach would eat dinner with Quade. "He's a good man," Listach said. "I'm happy for him."
Listach also expressed his satisfaction with the Nationals.
"The Nationals have been good to me," he said. "They gave me a chance to be a major league coach. They've been more than fair to me."
| October 19, 2010; 4:25 PM ET
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