Brewers will talk to Listach | Ex-player now coach with Nationals /

Pat Listach barely had gotten his feet on the ground in Puerto
Rico when he had to make plans to return to the United States.

But he didn’t mind one bit. Listach confirmed Saturday that he
will interview for the
Milwaukee
Brewers’ managerial opening.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin
asked permission of the Washington Nationals to talk to Listach,
who is their thirdbase coach.

“I’m coming to Milwaukee to interview on Tuesday,” said Listach,
in Puerto Rico to manage the winter-ball team in Ponce.

“I got a call from (Nationals general manager) Mike Rizzo and he
told me that the
Brewers asked permission to talk to
me. He said, ‘You earned it and you deserve it and I gave him
permission to talk to you. I hope you get the job.’ Doug Melvin
called later in the day and I missed his call but I called him back
and we set up the interview for Tuesday.

“I am definitely excited.

How can I not be?” MLB.com first reported the
Brewers had asked permission of the
Nationals to interview Listach.

Listach, 43, has a distinct history with the
Brewers. Drafted by them in the
fifth round in 1988, he made a dynamic big-league debut in 1992,
earning American League rookie of the year honors after batting.290
with 54 stolen bases and 93 runs scored.

Listach has remained a good friend of
Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum
and also worked with bullpen coach Stan Kyles when Listach managed
in the Chicago Cubs’ farm system. Listach earned good reviews for
his work there, guiding Class AAA Iowa to an 83-59 record in
2008.

Listach interviewed for the Cubs’ managerial job that went to
Lou Piniella after the ’07 season. He has been the Nationals’ third
base coach for two seasons.

“This is a great opportunity for me,” said Listach, who will
turn over the reins of the Ponce club to a coach for a couple of
days. “Hopefully, I can give them the impression that I’m the right
guy for the job. I think I am.” Listach reportedly also was on a
list to be interviewed by the Toronto Blue Jays for their
managerial vacancy but said he hadn’t heard from that club.

One other confirmed interview the
Brewers will conduct this week in
Milwaukee is with former Seattle and Arizona manager Bob Melvin on
Thursday.

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