Cubs settle on Listach as Quade's bench coach

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Cubs settle on Listach as Quade's bench coach

Monday, Nov. 1, 2010
Updated 6:19 PM

By Patrick MooneyCSNChicago.com

Pat Listach is leaving the Washington Nationals major-league staff to rejoin the Cubs as Mike Quades bench coach, sources confirmed Monday.

Listach enjoyed a more decorated playing career he was the American Leagues Rookie of the Year in 1992 but his development background is similar to Quades in a sense. Listach was Washingtons third-base coach the past two years and previously spent nine seasons as a coach or manager in the Cubs system.

Listach managed at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa after playing six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros. The 43-year-old is well-regarded by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry for his work at those minor-league affiliates.

The promotion of Quade a third-base coach who also once managed in Des Moines began in Washington and in late August it looked like Listach could be a candidate for a bigger job.

Quade frequently deflected credit for the teams 24-13 finish to his coaching staff and it will remain almost entirely intact for 2011.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild and hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo were already under contract for next season. Ivan DeJesus and Bob Dernier are expected to coach third and first base and Lester Strode will be back as bullpen coach.

Last week Alan Trammell the Cubs bench coach since 2007 agreed to take the same job with the Arizona Diamondbacks and work for his good friend Kirk Gibson. Trammell tried to teach Starlin Castro and that figures to be a project for Listach, who last year worked extensively with another rookie shortstop in Ian Desmond.

That leaves only one opening on the Cubs coaching staff the special assistant role held by Matt Sinatro, who spent 15 seasons with Lou Piniella and will not return next year. Though Ryne Sandberg has been promised a position within the organization if he wants it it wont be as a major-league coach.

A Cubs spokesman declined to comment on the Listach hire. Major League Baseball prefers that teams do not make announcements during the World Series.

But the Cubs will make news this week as Hendry and the rest of the baseball operations department assembles in Arizona for organizational meetings. On Tuesday Mesa residents will vote on Proposition 420, which would enable the city to spend close to 100 million on a new spring-training facility for the Cubs.

Patrick Mooney is CSNChicago.com's Cubs beat writer. Follow Patrick on Twitter @CSNMooney for up-to-the-minute Cubs news and views.

Definitive proof that Carl Edwards Jr. is one of the filthiest pitchers on the planet

Definitive proof that Carl Edwards Jr. is one of the filthiest pitchers on the planet

Carl Edwards Jr. didn't get a save or a win Monday night, but he was easily the most impressive pitcher on the field for the Cubs.

The 25-year-old right-hander came on in the sixth inning in relief of Eddie Butler and carved through the heart of the Nationals order, needing only 13 pitches to strike out Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman.

For starters, Joe Maddon deserves plenty of credit for deploying Edwards in an integral spot, even if it was so early in the game. But the Cubs were clinging to a 1-0 lead at the time and Maddon didn't want Butler to face the Washington order for a third time, so Edwards was the call to keep things close.

And that's exactly what Edwards did in dominant fashion. It was the fourth time this season he struck out three batters in an inning, but in the previous instances, he needed at least 16 pitches to do so.

Here is the complete sequence from Edwards to the three helpless Nats (for one inning, at least):

Harper was also locked in at the plate at the time, as it was his only strikeout in the last two games in which he's collected six hits in eight at-bats.

Edwards has been rolling this season with a 1.72 ERA and sparkling 0.82 WHIP. He has 44 strikeouts in 31.1 innings, ranking 18th in baseball in K/9 (12.64).

Since giving up three runs in an outing June 14 against the Mets, Edwards has not allowed a run in five innings, striking out seven batters and surrendering only two singles and a pair of walks.

Kyle Schwarber has rocky start to Triple-A stint

Kyle Schwarber has rocky start to Triple-A stint

The Cubs gave Kyle Schwarber time to sort things out by sending him down to Triple-A Iowa, and Schwarber's first game back in the minors shows he may need some time.

Schwarber's first game with the Iowa Cubs was a forgettable one. He struck out in his first three plate appearances before singling in his last at-bat. He struck out looking in the first inning before striking out swinging his next two times up.

Schwarber batted third in the lineup and played left field. Iowa won 1-0 against the New Orleans Baby Cakes.

He last played for Iowa in 2015, but only spent 17 games there. He hit .333 with three homers and a 1.036 OPS in that short stint. Before getting sent down Schwarber was hitting .171 with the Cubs with 12 home runs, but also 75 strikeouts in 64 games.