Cubs hire Listach to be bench coach
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org
Sources confirmed Monday that former Washington Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach has been hired as Cubs manager Mike Quade's bench coach, completing Quade's 2011 staff.
Listach, 43, was hired in time to travel to Arizona to participate in the Cubs' annual organizational meetings, which start today, a source said. An official announcement is expected after the World Series.
Listach, who also was an infield instructor on former Cubs manager Jim Riggleman's staff with the Nationals, spent nine seasons as an instructor and manager in the Cubs' farm system, including 3Â½ seasons as a manager. He was named Pacific Coast League manager of the year with Iowa in 2008.
Listach, the 1992 American League Rookie of the Year, was a .251 career hitter with 116 stolen bases in six seasons in the majors, mostly as a shortstop.
The Cubs will return most of their 2010 coaching staff under Quade, who replaced Lou Piniella in August. Only bench coach Alan Trammell, who took a job on former teammate Kirk Gibson's staff with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and former first-base coach and special assistant Matt Sinatro won't be back in 2011.