Pat Listach will coach third base for the Astros in 2014 in what will be his first season with the organization as a coach. He played the final season (1997) of his Major League career with the Astros.
Listach, 46, has over 20 years of experience in professional baseball as a player, Major League and minor league coach, and minor league manager and coordinator.
In the Major Leagues, he most recently spent two seasons on the Chicago Cubs coaching staff as bench coach (2011) and third base coach (2012). Prior to that, he was the Washington Nationals third base coach for two seasons (2009-10).
Prior to joining the Astros, he spent the 2013 season as the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league infield coordinator. Listach began his coaching career as a hitting coach in the Cubs system, starting at Class A Lansing in 2000 before a five-year stint at Triple A Iowa (2001-05). He also has four seasons of experience as a minor league manager at Iowa (2002 & 2008) and at Double A West Tenn (2006) and Double A Tennessee (2007). Listach was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2008.
Listach, a switch-hitter, played six seasons in the Major Leagues (1992-97), primarily as a shortstop after being selected by Milwaukee in the fifth round of the 1988 June draft. In 1992, he was named the AL Rookie of the Year after hitting .290 in 149 games as the Brewers starting shortstop with 54 stolen bases (2nd in the AL). He collected his first ML hit in his first start on April 12, 1992 (single) off LHP Mark Langston.
Listach and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Spring, TX. They have six children.