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Pat Listach leaving Nationals for Chicago Cubs

Third base coach Pat Listach will leave the Nationals to become the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs, according to a source close to the Nationals. The decision will become official sometime after the World Series. MLB.com first reported Listach's move this afternoon.

Listach, a member of the Nationals coaching staff for two seasons who also worked with the team's infielders, will join new Cubs Manager Mike Quade's staff. Listach and Quade are close friends, having worked together for several seasons while Listach managed in the Cubs' minor league system. Listach called Quade to congratulate him the night he was named Lou Piniella's replacement.

Listach, who interviewed unsuccessfully for the vacant managerial opening of the Milwaukee Brewers, wants to become a major league manager. Becoming a bench coach makes him one step closer to that goal.

Listach is currently managing Ponce of the Puerto Rican winter league. Several Nationals prospects, including Danny Espinosa and Chris Marrero, are playing for him.

By Adam Kilgore  | November 1, 2010; 12:44 PM ET
 
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Congratulations to Pat. With every departure, an opportunity for improvement exists. Perhaps we will get a well calibrated thirdbase coach who sends runners home safely as often as possible. It would be great if the same coach could also teach Morgan to steal safely, proper positioning and technique to this year's firstbaseman, the art of turning the double play to our secondbaseman, throwing restraint to our shortstop, and how to lay down a bunt to our pitching staff.

Posted by: natbiscuits | November 1, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

We will miss his ability to take care of himself and teammates in a brawl.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | November 1, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

This is great news for Pat Listach. He will be absolutely missed, I personally was hoping he'd be groomed as the next Nationals Manager. I would have hoped to see him in a better organization. Perhaps anything is better than being in our Nationals organization.

Posted by: NatsandSkinsareclassclassclass | November 1, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Pat. Now hire Milt Thompson. Great guy, hard worker and he is a local.

Posted by: brianbu | November 1, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

GOOD

Posted by: pstotts15 | November 1, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

AK -- do I get props for predicting Pat might be a Cub when you posted last week that the entire coaching staff would be returning with Riggleman? :-)

Posted by: dfh21 | November 1, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, coach.

Guess he'll be joined by Adam Dunn at Wrigley next season.

Posted by: Kev29 | November 1, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Let me join in the best wishes for Pat Listach. All too often, the 3B coach becomes the team 'whipping boy' for a teams' inability to score. While Pat had his moments in that regard with Washington, he deserves the chance to move forward in his career. Good for him.

I'm fairly certain that Riggleman will compile a list of guys he's either seen, or worked with before to submit to Rizzo for possible interviews as a replacement. They should get that worked out before the Winter Meetings, imo.

The coaching move however, isn't nearly as important as the decisions Rizzo will make regarding who gets tendered/non-tendered/Outrighted once the World Series is finished. There are still 7-9 roster spots that need to be cleared to get the 40-man roster down to managable levels.

Posted by: BinM | November 1, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

My 'best guess' on the roster cleanup...

Absolutes (4)
Harris [OF]- Contract expired: FA.
Mench [OF]- Outrighted/Non-tendered: FA.
Olsen [SP]- Non-tendered: FA.
Walker [RP]- Contract expired: FA.

Probables (5)
Nieves [CA]- Non-tender: FA.
Dunn [1B]- Tendered; will not accept: Type "A" FA (2 draft picks).
Kennedy [2B]- Buyout ($500k): FA.
Maxwell [OF]- Non-tendered: FA.
Batista [RP]- Contract expired: FA.

Possibles (7)
Bisenius [RP]- Outrighted: FA.
English [RP]- Outrighted: FA.
Martin [SP]- Non-tendered: FA.
Mattheus [SP/RP]- Non-tendered: FA.
Mock [SP]- Non-tendered: FA.
Peralta [RP]- Tendered; Does not accept: FA.
Wang [SP]- Non-tendered: FA.

The loss of the Absolutes & Probables will bring the team under the 40-man limit; Additional cuts from the Possible list will give Rizzo room to either promote from the minors, trade, or sign new FA's.

Posted by: BinM | November 1, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Queue dargramps to say Marquis Grissom should be re hired...

Posted by: amorris525 | November 1, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

amorris525: With Foli gone from the Orginization, re-hiring Grissom would keep the Expos' flame alive, but that's about it.

Your question to dargramps is, should the team possibly shift Radison to the 3B box, & re-install Grissom at 1B simply to keep Morgan (34SB/17CS =67%) under control on the basepaths & in the field? The rest of the team didn't seem to have problems with Radison as a 1B coach (74SB/24CS =76%).

Could it be that Morgan has become a less emotionally screwed-up version of Dukes, who also needed a 'baby-sitter'? I, for one, hope not.

Posted by: BinM | November 1, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

What's up Bin M and amorris525? you guy's are reading my mind sitting here watching the Giants/Rangers, celebrating with my son-in-law who finally got a job after two and a half yrs of unemployment, he got hired as the personal chef for radio personality Steve Harvey, hopefully they'll rehire Marquis Grissom but i ain't holding my breath someone mentioned Milt Thompson formely of the Phils i think that would be an even better hire i think Thompson would bring a lot to the table for this team including that "edge" that i think this ballclub is missing anyway, THE GIANTS ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 1, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see Grissom back, however call me crazy why not give Bonds a shot. Bonds could show this young lineup a few things or two. Just think how good Morse, Dunn (if resigned), and Harper could be with him in their ear. Also, in his younger days Bonds was a great base stealer, Morgan could benefit from that as well. I know all people think of is roids with Bonds, but he was a great player before that.

Posted by: hansenjo | November 2, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

That's actually a pretty good idea but I don't see Barry coming all the way out here to a team he has no ties to.

Posted by: amorris525 | November 2, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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