10/4 Coaching changes
Dale Sveum may add two new coaches to his staff in 2013. Third base coach Pat Listach was dismissed on Wednesday and interim hitting coach James Rowson’s status is uncertain. He could be back with the big league team or he may resume his duties as the Minor League hitting coordinator.
Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, addressed Listach’s dismissal on Thursday.
“I think Pat is a really good coach and will have a lot of success elsewhere,” Epstein said. “When a new manager comes in, sometimes he has a certain way he likes these jobs done, and occasionally there can be differences in the approach to the job. It doesn’t mean he’s doing a bad job, it’s just quite not the way the manager conceives it. I think it was one of those situations where it was subtle stylistic differences and nothing major substantive.”
Listach has been in the Cubs’ organization for a long time.
“There are a lot of things he can do in this game and I think he can go very far in this game and maybe a change of scenery is best,” Epstein said.
— Carrie Muskat