Results tagged ‘ Pat Listach ’

10/23 Coaching changes

The Cubs named David Bell as the third base coach and removed the interim tag from hitting coach James Rowson. This completes Dale Sveum’s coaching staff for 2013. Bell replaces Pat Listach, whose contract was not renewed. Bell, 40, joins the Cubs after managing and coaching third base in the Reds’ Minor League system the last four seasons, most recently guiding the Triple-A Louisville club in 2012.  Prior to Louisville, Bell was the manager for Double-A Carolina from 2009-11. The ’09 season was his first as a manager or coach at the professional level after a 12-year Major League career, which ended in 2006.

A former infielder, Bell batted .257 in 1,403 Major League games for six different teams – the Indians (1995, 1998), Cardinals (1995-98), Mariners (1998-2001), Giants (2002), Phillies (2003-06) and Brewers (2006). He’s a member of one of Major League Baseball’s three-generation families, as he is the son of Buddy Bell and the grandson of Gus Bell.  When David hit for the cycle on June 28, 2004, with the Phillies, he joined Gus as the first grandfather-grandson tandem in Major League history to hit for the cycle.  Bell is a native of Cincinnati, OH.

Rowson was named the Cubs’ interim hitting coach June 13, replacing Rudy Jaramillo, who was dismissed.

— Carrie Muskat

10/3 Cubs dismiss Listach

The Cubs dismissed third base coach Pat Listach after Wednesday’s game, and were still evaluating interim hitting coach James Rowson’s status. The rest of manager Dale Sveum’s coaching staff will return in 2013. Listach, 45, was in his second season in his second stint with the Cubs. He was a coach or manager in the team’s Minor League system from 2000-08 before serving as the Nationals third base coach from 2009-10. Listach was the Cubs’ infield coach, and worked with second baseman Darwin Barney, who compiled a 141-game errorless streak.

“This is hard for me,” Barney said after getting the news. “He was one of the first people who really saw what I had and believed in it and voiced his opinion for me a couple years back. It’s tough. He’s going to be fine, he’s got a place in baseball and he’ll find work somewhere for sure. It’s hard to see him go. We spent a lot of time together preparing for these games and putting together the season I had defensively.

“Whenever I try to give him credit, he tells me, ‘It wasn’t me, it was all you. Don’t think I did anything,'” Barney said. “The reality is, he did [help]. He turned me onto a lot of different ideas and different things. It’s just sad, it’s sad to see him go.”

Rowson was promoted from Minor League hitting coordinator to replace veteran hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo in May. The Cubs batted .240 this season, ahead of only the Astros in the National League.

— Carrie Muskat

12/16 Cubs announce coaching staff

Bench coach Jamie Quirk, pitching coach Chris Bosio and former Cardinals first base coach Dave McKay will join Cubs manager Dale Sveum’s coaching staff, the team announced Friday. Quirk, Bosio and McKay will join hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, third base coach Pat Listach and bullpen coach Lester Strode, who are holdovers from Mike Quade’s staff. Quade was dismissed after a 71-91 season, and Sveum was named the Cubs’ 52nd manager on Nov. 18.

Mike Borzello and Franklin Font also will serve as Major League staff assistants. Borzello will work with the catchers and be involved in advanced scouting while Font, who was the Cubs’ Minor League infield coordinator, will assist Jaramillo.

Bosio, 48, begins his third stint as a big league pitching coach, previously coaching in the Majors for the Rays in 2003 and the Brewers in 2009. He became the Brewers advance scout following the 2009 season and remained in that role until being named pitching coach for Triple-A Nashville in 201.

Quirk, 57, joins the Cubs with 18 years of Major League coaching experience with three organizations, including 12 seasons as a big league bench coach with the Royals (1996-2001) and Rockies (2003-08). The former big league catcher played for eight teams during his 18-year Major League career (1975-92) and was a member of the 1985 World Champion Royals.  Overall, Quirk batted .240 with 43 home runs and 247 RBI in 984 big league games.

McKay, 61, joins the Cubs after spending the last 16 seasons as the Cardinals’ first base coach. The 2012 season will be McKay’s 27th season as a big league coach. He has been a member of three World Champion staffs: 1989 in Oakland as well as 2006 and 2011 in St. Louis.  

Jaramillo, 61, enters his third season with the Cubs, and 18th straight at the Major League level as a hitting coach. Listach, 44, was Quade’s bench coach last season, while Strode, 53, enters his 24th season in the Cubs organization and sixth at the Major League level on the coaching staff.

Borzello, 41, joins the Cubs with 16 years of experience with Major League clubs. He spent the last four seasons with the Dodgers as their bullpen catcher, a stint that followed 12 years in the Yankees organization starting in 1996.

Font, 34, returns for his 18th season in the Cubs organization, his first at the Major League level. He spent the last three years as the Cubs Minor League infield coordinator. 

— Carrie Muskat 

12/3 Cubs coaching staff

The Cubs will formally announce manager Dale Sveum’s coaching staff next week. So far, Chris Bosio and Jamie Quirk have gotten a head start on the announcements. Quirk will be Sveum’s bench coach while Bosio told his hometown newspaper in Appleton, Wis., on Friday that he will take over as the Cubs pitching coach, replacing Mark Riggins. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo will return and bullpen coach Lester Strode also was expected back. Pat Listach, who was the Cubs bench coach, was expected back but in a different role. Sveum is reportedly waiting for Craig Counsell to decide if he is retiring as a player. If so, Counsell could join the Cubs staff, and would be the fifth former Brewer on staff. Jaramillo and Strode are the only ones to not play for Milwaukee.

— Carrie Muskat

11/5 Winter ball updates

Pat Listach’s Ponce team won its opener, 4-1, over Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican winter league on Friday.

Bryan LaHair was 1-for-4 and scored a run in Magallanes’ 6-1 win over Caracas in Venezuela Winter League play Friday. He’s batting .292.

In Mexico, Blake Parker continues to have success. The right-hander, who is playing for Naranjeros de Hermosillo, has given up a hit in one of his 12 appearances, and that also was the only time he served up a run. So far, he’s struck out 12 over 12 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and two runs and walking two.

In the Dominican, Scott Maine also has been scored on in one of his six outings. He has six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings over six games for Estrellas de Oriente. John Gaub has given up four runs on three hits and four walks over 3 2/3 innings in seven relief outings for Leones del Escogido. He has not served up a hit or run in his last three games.

— Carrie Muskat

11/4 Winter ball update

Bryan LaHair went 1-for-5 with a double for Magallanes which lost, 7-5, to Margarita on Thursday in Venezuelan Winter League play. The Puerto Rico league was scheduled to start Friday. Cubs bench coach Pat Listach is there, was managing Ponce.

— Carrie Muskat

1/12 Winter ball update

Cubs prospect Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double in Caracas’ 10-6 win Tuesday over Caribes in Venezuela. Caracas is 6-2 in the round-robin playoffs and Gonzalez is batting .296.

* In the Dominican Republic, both Starlin Castro and Brad Snyder were hitless in Escogido’s 2-1 loss to the Toros. Escogido dropped to 5-9; the Toros are 10-4.

* Cubs bench coach Pat Listach’s Ponce team beat Caguas, 5-2, to improve to 6-2 in Puerto Rico.

— Carrie Muskat

12/28 Winter ball roundup

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro went 2-for-4, hitting a two-run double in the fourth, in Escogido’s 5-4 loss to los Toros on Monday in the Dominican Winter League. Castro also tried to score with one out in the ninth but was thrown out at home. On Tuesday, Escogido (1-1) plays host to los Gigantes, who are 2-0 so far in the playoffs.

In Venezuela, Cubs prospect Marwin Gonzalez had a hit, three walks and scored twice in Caracas’ 6-5 win over Lara. Also, Cubs pitcher Jeff Gray threw 1 1/3 innings for his third save in Zulia’s 6-3 win over Magallanes.

New Cubs bench coach Pat Listach guided Ponce to a doubleheader sweep of Caguas on Monday. Listach is managing in Puerto Rico this winter.

— Carrie Muskat

11/3 Cubs finalize coaching staff

Mike Quade’s coaching staff was finalized Wednesday. Five members from last year’s staff will return in 2011, including pitching coach Larry Rothschild, hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, bullpen coach Lester Strode, third base coach Ivan DeJesus and first base coach Bob Dernier.  The Cubs have added Pat Listach as bench coach and Dave Keller as Major League staff assistant.  

Listach, 43, enters his 12th season as a professional coach or manager and returns to the Cubs organization after two years as third base coach for the Nationals. Prior to his coaching stint in the Majors, he served nine seasons as a Minor League coach and manager in the Cubs organization, most recently as the manager at Triple-A Iowa in 2008. That year he led the I-Cubs to an 83-59 record and first-place finish.

Keller, 51, joins the staff after seven years as the organization’s Minor League hitting instructor (2004-10). Prior to his stint with the Cubs, he was a Major League staff assistant for the Indians from 2001-03, also serving as an assistant to hitting coach Eddie Murray. The 2010 campaign marks Keller’s 26th season as a professional manager or coach. He has served as a Minor League manager in the Cincinnati (1987-89), Cleveland (1990-94) and White Sox (1996) organizations and was Cleveland’s Minor League hitting coordinator from 1999-2000 before his promotion to the Major League staff in 2001.

— Carrie Muskat

11/1 Listach expected to be bench coach

The Cubs were expected to name Pat Listach as Mike Quade’s bench coach, according to’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