Pat Listach hired to manage Tacoma in 2015

Seattle Mariners v Houston AstrosFormer Major League shortstop Pat Listach, who worked last season as the Astros third base coach, has been hired by the Mariners to manage Triple-A Tacoma in 2015, the clubs announced Tuesday.

“Pat has a great deal of experience, as a Major League player and as a Minor League coach and manager,” Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “We are looking forward to having him work with our young players.”

Listach, 47, played with the Brewers and Astros from 1992-97 and was the American League Rookie of the Year for Milwaukee in ’92 when he hit .290 and stole 54 bases. He wound up batting .251 in 503 career games and was in camp with the Mariners in Spring Training of ’98, but was released and finished that year in the Minors before retiring.

The Louisiana native went into coaching in 2000 in the Cubs Minor League system and was Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2008 with Triple-A Iowa afer an 83-59 season, then hired on as the Nationals third base coach from 2009-10. He has a career Minor League managerial mark of 256-217 (.541).

Listach was bench coach for the Cubs in 2011 and their third base coach in ’12, became a Minor League infield coordinator with the Dodgers in ’13 and then worked last year as the Astros infield coach and third base coach under Bo Porter in his hometown of Houston.

“Pat is passionate about teaching, and has a great track record and experience, both as a player and as a coach,” Mariners Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn said. “He’s a very good fit for our organization, and for the Rainiers.”

Roy Howell filled in as Tacoma’s manager last year when he was promoted from Double-A Jackson’s hitting coach just prior to the start of the season. Rich Donnelly originally was slated to manage the Rainiers last year, but he joined the Mariners during Spring Training as third base coach after John Stearns was forced to step down due to health issues. Donnelly is expected to remain in that position in 2015 as Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon has indicated his entire staff is returning.

Howell, who led the Rainiers to a 74-70 record, will remain in the Mariners organization, likely returning to Jackson’s staff as hitting instructor.

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