11/1 Listach expected to be bench coach

The Cubs were expected to name Pat Listach as Mike Quade’s bench coach, according to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, who cited two baseball sources. Listach, 43, has been the third base coach for the Nationals the last two years and indicated an interest in the Cubs’ managerial position after Lou Piniella retired. Listach managed in the Cubs’ system for four seasons, posting a 258-217 record. In 2008, he led Triple-A Iowa to an 83-59 record and was named the Pacific Coast League’s manager of the year. Listach played six big league seasons from 1992-97, winning the American League Rookie of the Year award in 1992 with the Brewers.

A Cubs official would neither confirm nor deny Listach’s hiring. Major League Baseball asks teams to hold off on making announcements during the World Series, and out of respect for that, the Cubs will not make any announcement regarding the coaching staff until the Series is completed. Even if the Giants win Monday night to end the Series, the Cubs were expected to wait until Wednesday, an official said.

The Cubs had an opening after Alan Trammell left to join Kirk Gibson on the Diamondbacks’ staff.

— Carrie Muskat

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Thank God for the respect in baseball…we would’nt want the World Series being effected by announcing that Listach will be the Cubs’ bench coach. THAT on top of the Sandberg snubbing would have been too much for SF and Texas to process and we all want those players as well as their management to stay focused!!! Another travesty avoided!

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