Pat Listach won't return to Cubs
CHICAGO -- Moments after the team's season ended Wednesday, Chicago Cubs third-base and infield coach Pat Listach was informed he won't be back next year.
"I believe in the direction the organization is going, I'm just not going to be a part of it, but I will be fine," a shaken Listach said after the Cubs' 5-4 win against the Houston Astros.
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After emerging from a meeting with manager Dale Sveum, Listach first sought out second baseman Darwin Barney to tell the news. The most obvious impact Listach had on the organization the last two years was turning Barney into a Gold Glove-caliber defender.
"This is hard for me because he was one of the first people that really saw what I had and believed in it and voiced his opinion for me a couple of years back," Barney said. "It's tough. He's going to be fine. He has a place in baseball and will find work for sure, but it's hard to see him go."
Listach was the Cubs' bench coach in 2011 under former manager Mike Quade. He was named third-base coach this season under Sveum.
"He did a great job, and it's not anything he did," Sveum said.
The Cubs will conduct interviews for the vacant job this winter. Sveum said Wednesday he had people in mind for his coaching staff when he was named manager last winter.
No other coaching changes were made Wednesday. The Cubs still must decide what to do at hitting coach, where James Rowson has held an interim title since Rudy Jaramillo was fired June 12.
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