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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."

By Adam Kilgore  | October 19, 2010; 4:25 PM ET
 
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He seems like a good man. Although certainly a long shot, wish him well.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | October 19, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Judging by his coaching, my guess is that he'll stop in Chicago and wait for someone else to drive him to Milwaukee. Trying to get to his destination all at once is just too risky.

Posted by: InTheCheapSeats | October 20, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Please let him get the job. Tell him Whitefish Bay is a nice place to live.

Posted by: hansenjo | October 20, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I hope they hire him because he was a lousy third base coach. Now, if we can get rid to Eckstein, we will be making progress.

Posted by: bupbups | October 20, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

From last thread:

I would like to see of a list of GMs out of a job now that skinsfan (again why not hang out on the blog of your team sf?) and others would do better than Rizzo.

It has been written that Rizzo has a better rapport with the Lerners than Stan had. I feel a good sign of opening the pursestrings was this past draft where we paid over slot for most of the signings, the most notable was the porjected "steal" of AJ Cole. To that person who cited the Dribble firing (I liked Dribble but I did not/will not miss him) as a negative in their list of Lerner sins, that is a 50/50 proposition on this blog.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | October 20, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

adhardwick, to some it doesn't matter who the GM is, they are convinced every detail of this franchise is wrong, from not signing Chapman to the brand of toilet paper they use in the stalls. I agree with your points on Cole and believe we are doing the little things to bring a winner here, although clearly major pieces are needed. I for one think Rizzo can bring those pieces.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | October 20, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Listach did his part in the brawl with the Marlins (the time they tried to bean Morgan for stealing bases -- who ever heard of another team controlling when we run?). I give him that, and wish him luck with the Brewers if that's what he wants.

Posted by: poncedeleroy | October 20, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Good luck to Listach. He would have been a big upgrade over Riggleman. Certainly is a helluva lot smarter.

Posted by: Brue | October 20, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The 3 best moves Rizzo can make (not counting signing Dunn after his earlier refusal to even consider it)? Pay the Brewers to take the human stop sign at 3B and then pay them to have Riggs hired as bench coach, and go after Ryne Sandberg to manage. He'll try to win games as opposed to making sure underperforming players get lots of PT to "pull out of it."

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | October 20, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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