The Tacoma Rainiers and the Mariners announced that Pat Listach will manage the Class AAA affiliate for the 2015 season. Listach replaces Roy Howell, who will remain in the organization in some capacity.
“Pat has a great deal of experience, as a Major League player, and as a minor league coach and manager,” GM Jack Zduriencik said in a statement. “We are looking forward to having him work with our young players.”
Listach was the first base coach for the Astros last season for manager Bo Porter, who was fired in September.
He will be the fourth Rainiers’ manager in three seasons.
Listach’s minor league managing experience includes a four season in the Cubs system with two different seasons with Class AAA Iowa (2002 and 2008) and two seasons in Class AA West Tenn (2006-07). He earned PCL Manager of the Year honors in 2008 after leading the I-Cubs to a first place finish with an 83-59 (.585) mark. He has a career minor league managerial mark of 256-217 (.541).
“Pat is passionate about teaching, and has a great track record and experience, both as a player and as a coach,” Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn said. “He’s a very good fit for our organization, and for the Rainiers.”
In 2012, longtime Rainiers manager Daren Brown moved up to the Mariners to replace Jeff Datz as third base coach. Brown was replaced by John Stearns for the remainder of the season.
Rich Donnelly was hired to manage the Rainiers last season. But when John Stearns underwent surgery for a hiatal hernia, Donnelly took over as third base coach for the Mariners during spring training. Howell replaced Donnelly.
The Mariners will announce the rest of their minor league coaching staffs next week.