Pat Listach interested in Nationals job
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org June 24, 2011 11:22PM
Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez reacts after being thrown out trying to stretch a hit into a double. | G. Newman Lowrance~Getty Images
Updated: June 27, 2011 1:46PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Could Cubs bench coach Pat Listach be the best managerial fit for the Washington Nationals, given his baseball acumen, energy, experience developing young talent and ties to the team?
Nationals general manager
Mike Rizzo might want to take a look if he hasn’t already considered it.
Listach, who spent the last two seasons as the Nationals’ third-base coach, said he’s interested.
“Of course,” Listach said Friday, the day after former Cubs manager Jim Riggleman shocked the baseball world with his sudden resignation. “I don’t know what they’re going to do over there. But I think Mike has some people in mind. I haven’t heard from him. I don’t expect to hear from him.”
Listach doesn’t intend to try to reach out to the Nats.
“That’s not my nature,” he said.
Listach still has a lot of friends in the organization, he said. One of his friends is Riggleman. Listach said he talked to Riggleman Thursday night after the resignation.
“I was shocked. I knew that he wanted some security. That was no secret,” Listach said. “And the way he goes about his job, he’s a professional. And he’s a good in-game manager. Nothing gets by him. He did a good job over there. I think it shocked everybody.”
Second baseman Darwin Barney (knee) was fitted for a brace and will head to Class AAA Iowa to start a minor-league rehab assignment tonight. He’s expected to return to the Cubs on his first day of eligibility, Wednesday.
Center fielder Marlon Byrd (facial fractures) will start his rehab assignment with Iowa on Monday, but he’s likely to need significantly more game time after missing more than a month following the beaning in Boston last month.
Looking for his best matchups and trying to preserve Reed Johnson’s recently injured back, manager Mike Quade had Kosuke Fukudome playing center field Friday night for the first time since the end of the 2009 season.
Quade said he wanted to give Johnson consecutive days off (including Thursday’s scheduled off day). Plus, Johnson is just 1-for-16 in his career against left-hander Bruce Chen, who started for the Royals on Friday.
Quade also wanted some of his best lefties facing Chen, who hasn’t fared as well in his career against left-handed hitters.
The Colorado Rockies announced their starter for Monday’s makeup game at Wrigley Field is Jhoulys Chacin, the right-hander, who pitched a six-hit shutout against the Cubs in April in Denver.
◆ Reliever Kerry Wood (blistered index finger) threw a side session in the bullpen, and is expected to need at least one or two more before the Cubs start looking at a return date for him.
◆ The Cubs were thrown out by Kansas City outfielders three times Friday night as the Royals extended their major-league leading total to 28 outfield assists.