Listach interested in Cubs' managerial job

Listach interested in Cubs' managerial job

WASHINGTON -- Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach said he would like to manage the Cubs. According to published reports, Listach became a candidate for the job after Lou Piniella stepped down following Sunday's game against the Braves. Mike Quade is currently the interim manager.

Listach managed in the Cubs' Minor League system for four seasons, going 253-221. His best season was in 2008, when he guided Triple-A Iowa to an 83-59 record, and he is still respected by the organization.

"I would definitely like the job," Listach said. "But I have a job to do here in Washington. If that job is available, it would be a dream come true. When you bring a championship to that city and that team, it's a big deal.

"It's one of the elite jobs in baseball. When you start talking about the Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers, that's the elite of the elite. Just to be considered is an honor. It makes me feel good as a person that I've done the right things in this game that people would consider me."

While in the Cubs' Minor League system, Listach managed players such as Geovany Soto, Tyler Colvin and Carlos Marmol, who are currently in the big leagues.

"They had success in the Minor League level, and they have been promoted and they have stuck," Listach said.

Piniella is the reason Listach is with the Nationals. Piniella spoke to then-general manager Jim Bowden, who hired Listach as the team's third-base coach because of that recommendation.

Listach understands there will be a lot of competition for the Cubs' managerial job.

"I respect all the other managers who are in contention -- Ryne Sandberg, Mike Quade, Fredi Gonzalez and Bob Brenly," he said. "We have all heard the same names. I respect all those guys. They are good people. They want the job as well. I hope they keep Quade as manager."