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January 27, 2010

Randall Simon has a new home

The guys at have the Cardinals. The Silva brothers from New York Baseball Digest have both the Yankees and Mets.

Here at The Hall (headquartered in lovely Rockford, Illinois) has...the Riverhawks?

That being said, the 2004 Frontier League Champion Riverhawks (they're now in the Northern League) made a splash signing former Major Leaguer Randall Simon.

“The first reason I signed him was identity, because he gives instant identity to our franchise,” RiverHawks co-owner and director of baseball operations Dave Ciarrachi said. “Everybody I have talked to has told me quality things about him, as a clubhouse guy and as a guy who likes to mentor young players."

"I am excited about making my return to the to Chicago area with the RiverHawks,” Simon said. “I have fond memories of the Cubs fans and how much they embraced me and look forward to a great year in Rockford."

Simon played parts of eight seasons in the bigs...suiting up for six teams. In 537 big-league games, the native of Curacao hit .283 with 49 home runs and 237 RBIs.

His minor-league numbers are no less impressive as he’s a career .293 hitter with 180 homers and 858 RBI in 1,297 games.

Last year, Simon hit .281 with 13 homers and 51 RBI in 75 games with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. He struck out just 20 times in 325 plate appearances. His average of a strikeout per each 16.25 plate appearances led the Northern League.

Of course it is the 2003 "Sausage Race Incident" that Simon will best be remembered. Feel free to look up that video on your own!

BallHype: hype it up!

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