From the Wire … Cubs Dismiss Pat Listach

The Cubs announced the first changes to Dale Sveum’s staff shortly after the Cubs closed the season with a walk-off win against the Astros. The Cubs decided to dismiss third base coach Pat Listach. Sveum said that Listach did nothing wrong and he would recommend him for another coaching job.

The Cubs did not announce any other changes and they have not made any decisions on James Rowson’s future with the organization. The Cubs are evaluating all options for the hitting coach position and Rowson remains in the running for the Cubs’ hitting coach job. Rowson has held the title of interim hitting coach after taking over for Rudy Jaramillo.

Pat Listach signed a two-year contract with the Cubs in the winter of 2010-2011 to serve as Mike Quade’s bench coach. Dale Sveum retained Listach when he took the manager’s job and asked his long-time friend to coach third base. Listach’s contract expired at the end of this season.

Dale Sveum broke the news to Listach shortly after Wednesday’s finale.

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  • Brp921

    I don’t have a strong opinion to keep Listach or to let him go. I don’t understand though, since he is a long time friend of Sveums and didn’t do anything wrong and Sveum would recommend him for another coaching job, why he was let go.

    • gocubs

      He may not share the same philosophies that they are preaching throughout the system.


    Was Listach blamed for all of the base running mistakes this season. If he was responsible then I understand the firing. Otherwise it looks like Theo sweeping out the remnants of the last regime.