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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