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Randall Simon

Simon (left) and Jair Jurrjens on March 11, 2007
Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks — No. --
First baseman
Born: May 25, 1975 (1975-05-25) (age 34)
Willemstad, Curaçao
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
September 1, 1997 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2008 season)
Batting average     .283
Home runs     49
Runs batted in     237

Randall Carlito Simon (born May 25, 1975) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. He plays in the Northern League for the Rockford RiverHawks. Simon's debut season came with the Atlanta Braves in 1997, for whom he played until 1999. He also played for the Detroit Tigers (2001-2002), Pittsburgh Pirates (2003, 2004), Chicago Cubs (2003), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2004), NPB Orix Buffaloes (2005), and Philadelphia Phillies (2006).


Life and baseball career

Simon was born in Willemstad, Curaçao. Before signing with the Pirates, Simon signed with the Florida Marlins and New York Yankees in the 2000 season, but did not play in the majors for either franchise. In 2003, Simon was traded by Pittsburgh to the Chicago Cubs, where he had a productive postseason, helping the Cubs to the 2003 National League Championship Series. After the season, Simon was released by Chicago.

On February 19, 2004, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Simon as a free agent to secure the team at first base for the upcoming season. When Pirates spring training started in March 2004, Simon reported to camp out of shape. After several frustrating months into his second tenure with the Pirates, he was once again released on August 18, 2004. After he was released, Simon said, "I'm a fighter," Simon said. "I promise you're going to see me again. You don't have to worry about that."

One day after his release from the Pirates, he was acquired by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but still struggled at the major league level, even with a change of scenery. After less than a month with Tampa Bay, he was released once again, and signed with the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese Pacific League.

Simon spent 2005 and part of 2006 with Potros de Tijuana of the Mexican League before moving on to the Arizona League AZL Rangers and the Oklahoma RedHawks of the Pacific Coast League. Simon hit .363 for Tijuana in 2005 and .348 in 2006 before joining the RedHawks, boosting his stock. On September 1, 2006, the Phillies acquired Simon in a trade with the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations, calling him up to the majors when rosters expanded the same day.

In 2008, Simon played for the independent Newark Bears of the Atlantic League.

In 2009, Simon played in the World Baseball Classic on the team representing The Netherlands.

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the Northern League signed Simon to a contract for the 2009 season.

Sausage race incident

During the Milwaukee Brewers' "Sausage Race," in which four contestants wearing sausage costumes have a footrace on the field, Simon leaned over the dugout railing and, as a joke, hit college student Mandy Block (in the Italian sausage costume) with a bat, causing her to fall into the path of another racer. Block suffered only a scraped knee. Simon was questioned by police and later fined $432.10 for disorderly conduct. MLB suspended him for 3 games. He issued an apology - and an autographed bat - to Block. When he returned to Miller Park later that year as a member of the Chicago Cubs, he purchased Italian Sausages for an entire section, and during the race, his teammates playfully held him back until all the sausages passed the dugout


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