Add Pat Listach to the list of coaches that are part of the old regime and no longer have a position with the Cubs. Listach was informed after the game yesterday that it was his last as third base coach for the Cubs. The organization has decided not to bring back Listach, whose contract expired at the end of this season. I see this as nothing more than out with the old, and in with the new. The Organization, which is led by Theo Epstein, is bringing in their guys, not only on the field but in the front office as evidenced by Jaramillo, Fleita, and now Listach being shipped out. My previous post just mentioned Sandberg as being named as the Phillies third base coach, so you don’t even have to let your mind wander in that direction, it ain’t happening. What I didn’t know about Listach was how much of a role he played in the development of Darwin Barney as a defender.
Brett from Bleacher Nation touches on that point…
“Interestingly, Listach also worked extensively with Darwin Barney over the last two seasons as he transitioned to second base, and evolved into arguably the best defensive second baseman in baseball. If results are the measuring stick, it’s easy to say that, in that area, Listach succeeded.”
Add third base coach to the “holes to fill” list, that I’m sure will get longer before it gets shorter as we have officially entered the off-season.
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