Longtime Major League slugger Randall Simon joined the RailCats midway through the 2010 season.
Simon, 35, brings a resume stacked with 236 professional home runs over 19 seasons, including parts of eight years in the big leagues. Originally signed by the Atlanta Braves off the tiny island of Curacao in 1992, Simon has played in 537 Major League games with the Braves, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and, as recently as 2006, with the Philadelphia Phillies. A career .283 hitter in the major leagues, Simon’s last stay in Chicagoland came with the Cubs down the stretch of the 2003 season.
After soaring through the Braves minor league system and leading the International League (AAA) in doubles (45) and RBI (102) in 1997, Simon made his major league debut September 1, 1997 at Turner Field in Atlanta in an interleague game against the Tigers.
In more than 1,300 minor league games, Simon has an impressive .293 lifetime average and .468 slugging percentage, clocking 187 minor league home runs and collecting nearly 500 extra-base hits. Simon has driven in over 1,000 runs in his career between the major and minor leagues and has always been a tough hitter to strike out despite his prodigious power. Statistically the single toughest hitter in the Northern League to strike out last year (once every 16.25 plate appearances), Simon has just 574 minor league strikeouts in nearly 5,000 at bats.