Monday, November 1, 2010, 1:38 p.m.
By Mark Zuckerman
Pat Listach, the Washington Nationals' third base coach the last two seasons, is leaving the organization to become bench coach of the Chicago Cubs.
An official announcement won't be made until after the conclusion of the World Series, but a source with knowledge of the decision confirmed Listach's departure.
Listach has close ties both to the Cubs organization (he served as a manager in their minor-league system from 2006-08) and to new Chicago manager Mike Quade (who preceded him as skipper at Class AAA Iowa). The 43-year-old former AL Rookie of the Year now will function as Quade's right-hand man in the dugout at Wrigley Field.
Listach has aspirations of becoming a major-league manager and interviewed for the Milwaukee Brewers' vacant position last month. He's currently managing a Puerto Rican winter league team that features a roster including Nationals prospects Danny Espinosa and Chris Marrero.
The Nationals will begin searching for what will be their fifth third base coach in seven years. Listach followed Dave Huppert (2005), Tony Beasley (2006) and Tim Tolman (2007-08).
If manager Jim Riggleman and general manager Mike Rizzo choose to remain inside the organization, Class AAA manager Trent Jewett has prior experience as the Pittsburgh Pirates' third base coach from 2000-02. Riggleman and Rizzo are expected to consider outside candidates as well.