The 39-year-old and 1992 American League Rookie of the Year with the Milwaukee Brewers guided the Double-A West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx to a 75-65 record this past season in his first year at the helm of the club.
Listach managed the Southern League's Northern Division All-Stars in the league's annual mid-season event and previously served as manager of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs during the second half of the 2002 season.
He will work alongside Dennis Lewallyn, the Smokies' pitching coach, and Barbaro Garbey, the team's hitting coach. Lewallyn joins the Cubs after spending over 20 years between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Garbey spent last season as hitting coach at Class-A Peoria.
Listach is one of two former major league players that will manage in the Cubs' system in '07. As we had also reported, through new Cubs' Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator Bob Dernier, Jody Davis will move up a level from Peoria to manage at Class High-A Daytona next season.
Davis guided the Chiefs to the Midwest League playoffs with a 75-64 record and spent seven-plus years as a Cubs catcher from 1981-88. He retired a career .245 hitter in 10 seasons with the Cubs and Atlanta Braves.
At the upper level of the farm system, Buddy Bailey will manage the Triple-A Iowa Cubs after previously serving as Daytona manager in the second half of last season once first-half manager Don Buford was re-assigned elsewhere in the organization.
The 49-year-old Bailey joined the Cubs with the expectation of managing somewhere in the system, but began 2006 as the club's Baserunning and Catching Coordinator. Prior to joining the Cubs, he spent 14 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, having served as manager of their Triple-A team in Pawtucket, R.I., and other roles such as major league bench coach in 2000.
Bailey will work alongside former Cub Mike Harkey, recently named Iowa's new pitching coach, and Von Joshua, who will return for a second season as Iowa hitting coach. Harkey replaced Alan Dunn as pitching coach at Iowa. Dunn was recently named the Cubs' new Minor League Pitching Coordinator, a position previously held by Cubs bullpen coach Lester Strode.
Elsewhere, Tom Beyers will return for another stint as manager at Class-A Boise, the Cubs' short-season affiliate in the Northwest League.
The 48-year-old Beyers previously managed at Boise in 2004 and spent the past two seasons with the organization as hitting coach in Boise (2005) and West Tennessee (2006).
Beyers had approached the Cubs about returning to Boise in an effort to be closer to his family and Santa Maria, Calif., home.
"It's a better fit for me family wise and the Cubs have always been good about that," Beyers said. "I have a son who is a senior in high school, so I'll be somewhat nearby in case I need to head over, especially for graduation and any possibilities with college. And obviously at this level, with all the draft picks, it's really a pleasure working with those kids."
Beyers will work alongside Tom Pratt, the Hawks' pitching coach, and Franklin Font, the team's hitting coach. Pratt spent 2006 as pitching coach at Daytona, while Font managed the Cubs' Dominican Summer League club.
The only position yet to be filled as of Thursday was at Peoria, where the Cubs' Midwest League affiliate is currently without a manager following Davis' move to Daytona. David Rosario will serve as Chiefs pitching coach in 2007, a position he previously held for two seasons in Boise.
Kevin Green will serve as hitting coach for Peoria. (Contrary to some reports, the 31-year-old Green was the hitting coach at Boise in 2006; not Mesa.)
And speaking of the Cubs' Arizona Rookie League squad, 35-year-old Ricardo Medina will get his first crack at managing next season.
Medina worked as the hitting coach at Boise in 2004 and Peoria in 2005. He spent 2006 with the Mesa team. Medina will be flanked alongside Rick Tronerud and Carmelo Martinez, who will serve as pitching coach and hitting coach for the club, respectively.
The Cubs' farm system combined for a 387-375 record in 2006, which placed 16th among the 30 major league organizations.