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Briefs: 'Eaters bring on Bibona

Former All-American, 24, recently released by Cards, will be named UCI pitching coach Thursday.

July 18, 2012
  • Danny Bibona, a two-time All-American and Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year at UC Irvine, will be the Anteaters' next pitching coach.
Danny Bibona, a two-time All-American and Big West Conference… (FILE PHOTO )

Briefs

'Eaters bring on Bibona

Former All-American, 24, recently released by Cards, will be named UCI pitching coach today.

Danny Bibona, who was twice named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year and a two-time All-American for UC Irvine, will be announced Thursday as the Anteaters' pitching coach.

Bibona, 24, replaces Jason Dietrich, who left UCI last month to become pitching coach at Cal State Fullerton.

Bibona posted a 31-7 record in four seasons, including 30-6 with a 2.74 earned-run average in his final three years at UCI. He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals organization after being drafted in the eighth round in 2010. The Cardinals also chose him in the 16th round after his junior season in 2009.

Bibona was released by the Cardinals on June 28, one day after he made the second of two appearances this season, in which he allowed five earned runs and nine hits in six innings for the Batavia Muckdogs, a Single-A team in the short-season New York-Penn League.

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Bibona was 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA for Quad Cities of the Midwest League in 2010, before injuring his left pitching arm and undergoing surgery.

UCI Coach Mike Gillespie, for whom Bibona played in 2008, 2009 and 2010, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

— Barry Faulkner

Eagles' Long alternate

Dustin Long said in the last four years he has gone through two knee injuries, a concussion and testicular torsion.

The last setback, which is the twisting of the spermatic cord, cutting off blood supply to the testicle, he said, hurt the most.

None of the setbacks are stopping Long from coming out for the varsity football team in his senior year at Estancia.

Long said he's working out with the Eagles this summer after undergoing emergency surgery last month to repair his testicles. With all the obstacles Long has overcome, he longed for good news.

He got some recently.

Long is an alternate to be a part of the NFL's mentoring program, which includes a trip next month to Canton, Ohio for the NFL's Hall of Fame game and induction ceremony of the latest members into the Hall of Fame.

"If that would happen to me, that would be a life-changing opportunity," Long said of the NFL mentoring program in which the Legacy Leadership Project has partnered with the Newport Sports Museum and the Pro Football Hall of Fame to pair high school players with Hall of Famers. "Being mentored by an ex-professional player that I can call whenever I want and I can have as a good friend to bond with would be unbelievable."

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