Pat Listach leaving Nationals for Cubs

Nationals third base coach Pat Listach, who came to the team two seasons ago after managing the Cubs’ Triple-A team, is headed back to the organization that gave him his start in managing.

According to an industry source, Listach is leaving the Nationals to become Chicago’s new bench coach under manager Mike Quade, his close friend from the Cubs organization. The source also said the Nationals already have a replacement selected, and will announce the hire after the World Series.

When Cubs manager Lou Piniella stepped down in August, Listach quickly inquired about the job, but Quade, who had been the Cubs’ third base coach this season, got the job on an interim basis and kept it after the season. Listach interviewed with the Milwaukee Brewers about their managerial opening, but was turned down for that job. He has said his goal is to become a major league manager, and this move gets him one step closer to that goal.

The 43-year-old Listach was named Pacific Coast League manager of the year in 2008, and spent the last two years working with the Nationals’ infielders in addition to coaching third base. He is managing the Leones de Ponce in the Puerto Rican Winter League this offseason.