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



why is sveum still there? valentine is a heck of a better manager. the red sox won 8 more games and he gets fired after one year the cubs had better personnal than both the red sox and the stinkin white sox but they keep a guy who can’t manage a team doesn’t make sense except the same old story like with wrigley they only care about making money and not winning!!!!!!!

I disagree. Although Sveum made some decisions that were questionable I think he is the right man for the job considering how much youth and development is going on. Sveum definatley deserves the benefit of the doubt until the team is deemed good enough to win a championship.
He too is progressing along with the players.

Neal what did you expect from Sveum and this Cubs team? Just curious…

Ahh time to re-arrange deck chairs on the Titanic! The Cubs have a hundred loss season and the solution? Fire the bench coach. I feel bad for Pat, he’s a seasoned baseball guy who will probably land on his feet with a real ballclub that has mature management. Compare and contrast that with the immature fakirs (Theo Epstein et al) who run the Cubs.

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