Omar Vizquel was among Angels’ managerial candidates, but out of the running now

first_imgFormer manager Mike Scioscia’s contract expired at the end of the season after a 19-year run at the helm of the organization.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Omar Vizquel, an 11-time Gold Glove winner who has been pursuing a career as a manager since the end of his playing days, was one of the 10 candidates the Angels interviewed for their manager opening, although he said he did not make the cut to the second round of interviews.Vizquel described the process, including the written test administered to the candidates, while speaking in Spanish to “Talkin’ Beisbol,” a podcast released on Thursday out of Vizquel’s native Venezuela.The Angels have completed their first round of interviews, and it’s possible they could have a decision before the start of the World Series on Tuesday. If not, the announcement of their new manager likely won’t come until after the World Series, in November, because Major League Baseball discourages teams from making announcements during its jewel event.Vizquel is the fifth confirmed candidate among the 10. The Angels also interviewed Brad Ausmus and Eric Chavez, who are special assistants to General Manager Billy Eppler; along with Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada.center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Low scoring spree prompts upsets at the English amateur

first_imgImages copyright Leaderboard Photography Eagles and birdies were flying on an afternoon of upsets in the English men’s amateur championship at Formby which saw top seed Sam Rook and international Jake Burnage knocked out.Burnage (Saunton) chipped in for eagle on the 17th to go all square in his match. But his opponent, Oliver Farrell (Evesham) birdied the 18th to win the close-fought game 1up and take his place in the quarter finals.“Jake’s chip-in helped me a little bit,” said Farrell. “I told myself to respond in a good way and hit a great drive down the middle on 18. I had 99 yards left, which was perfect, I hit a 90-yard shot and let it release down to the pin to about 4ft away.”Burnage’s approach was almost as good, finishing 6ft away, but his birdie attempt lipped out.Farrell, 21, is a student at Marquette University in Wisconsin and is playing in the match play stages of this championship for the first time. “My game has been close all year,” he said. “Sometimes the results don’t reflect the way you are playing.”Tomorrow he will play Callum Farr (Northamptonshire County) who knocked out the top seed Sam Rook (Lindrick) 3/2.Farr was slow starting but once he got going, he was on fire. He lost the first to a birdie then, by his own account, made a mess of the second. After that he played the next 14 holes in six-under par, with birdies on 3, 4, 6, 8, 11 and 13.Farr, who celebrates his 20th birthday next week, is also playing in the match play stages for the first time and remarked: “It’s nice to beat the top seed, it shows you can beat anyone.”Brabazon Trophy winner Nick Poppleton joins them in the quarter finals, after defeating Jack Ainscough (Hartlepool) 3/2.Poppleton had a marathon match this morning, going to the 23rd hole to beat Matthew Nuttall (Royal Birkdale.) But the long game brought the added bonus of a fresh swing thought: “I found something in the play-off holes and started to hit some better shots.“I played lovely in the stroke play but I haven’t been swinging it as great in the match play or putting as great. But this afternoon I played nicely and played some lovely wedge shots”He took an early lead, winning the first three holes when Ainscough found sand off each of the tees, and he had his chances to get to four under. But, instead it was Ainscough who made a move, getting back to 2 down after 15, only for Poppleton to convert a lovely nine-iron approach on 16 into a winning birdie.Tomorrow Poppleton takes on Joe Long (Lansdown), who came through another marathon game. He finally beat Alex Dixon (City of Newcastle) on the 20th.Tom Thurloway (Chartham Park) moved confidently into the quarters with a 4/3 win over Hexham’s Matty Lamb. His opponent will be Angus Flanagan (St George’s Hill) who knocked out boy international Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton). Flanagan finished with a run of birdies: on the 15th to get to one up; on the 17th to halve the hole; and on the 18th to win 2up.The final quarter final will be between Jamie Li (Bath) and Alex Ireland (Brickhampton Court). Li was a 19th hole winner over England squad player Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge). Ireland meanwhile, won the 14th, 15th and 16th with a par, birdie, par sequence to defeat Rhys Lawrence (Coventry) 3/2.Burnage (Saunton) chipped in for eagle on the 17th to go all square in his match. But his opponent, Oliver Farrell (Evesham) birdied the 18th to win the close-fought game 1up and take his place in the quarter finals.“Jake’s chip-in helped me a little bit,” said Farrell. “I told myself to respond in a good way and hit a great drive down the middle on 18. I had 99 yards left, which was perfect, I hit a 90-yard shot and let it release down to the pin to about 4ft away.”Burnage’s approach was almost as good, finishing 6ft away, but his birdie attempt lipped out.Farrell, 21, is a student at Marquette University in Wisconsin and is playing in the match play stages of this championship for the first time. “Tomorrow he will play Callum Farr (Northamptonshire County) who knocked out the top seed Sam Rook (Lindrick) 3/2.Farr was slow starting but once he got going, he was on fire. He lost the first to a birdie then, by his own account, made a mess of the second. After that he played the next 14 holes in six-under par, with birdies on 3, 4, 6, 8, 11 and 13.Farr, who celebrates his 20th birthday next week, is also playing in the match play stages for the first time and remarked: “It’s nice to beat the top seed, it shows you can beat anyone.”Brabazon Trophy winner Nick Poppleton joins them in the quarter finals, after defeating Jack Ainscough (Hartlepool) 3/2.Poppleton had a marathon match this morning, going to the 23rd hole to beat Matthew Nuttall (Royal Birkdale.) But the long game brought the added bonus of a fresh swing thought: “I found something in the play-off holes and started to hit some better shots.“I played lovely in the stroke play but I haven’t been swinging it as great in the match play or putting as great. But this afternoon I played nicely and played some lovely wedge shots”He took an early lead, winning the first three holes when Ainscough found sand off each of the tees, and he had his chances to get to four under. But, instead it was Ainscough who made a move, getting back to 2 down after 15, only for Poppleton to convert a lovely nine-iron approach on 16 into a winning birdie.Tomorrow Poppleton takes on Joe Long (Lansdown), who came through another marathon game. He finally beat Alex Dixon (City of Newcastle) on the 20th.Tom Thurloway (Chartham Park) moved confidently into the quarters with a 4/3 win over Hexham’s Matty Lamb. His opponent will be Angus Flanagan (St George’s Hill) who knocked out boy international Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton). Flanagan finished with a run of birdies: on the 15th to get to one up; on the 17th to halve the hole; and on the 18th to win 2up.The final quarter final will be between Jamie Li (Bath) and Alex Ireland (Brickhampton Court). Li was a 19th hole winner over England squad player Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge). Ireland meanwhile, won the 14th, 15th and 16th with a par, birdie, par sequence to defeat Rhys Lawrence (Coventry) 3/2. 3 Aug 2018 Low scoring spree prompts upsets at the English amateur center_img Tags: Mens Amateurlast_img read more