Randall Simon (born May 26, 1975 in Willemstad, CuraĆ§ao) is a first baseman that does not currently play in MLB. After his professional debut season for the Atlanta Braves in 1997 (until 1999). While with the Braves, Randall was the subject of teammate John Rocker's infamous "fat monkey" comment. He also played for the Detroit Tigers (2001, 2002), the Pittsburgh Pirates (2003 and 2004) and brief stints for the Florida Marlins in 2000, the New York Yankees in 2000, the Chicago Cubs in 2003, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2004, and the Orix Buffaloes in 2005.
One of the most memorable events of the 2003 season occurred at Miller Park on July 9th. During the Brewers' "Sausage Race," in which four contestants wearing sausage costumes have a footrace on the field, Simon leaned over the dugout railing and hit college student Mandy Block with a bat. Block suffered only a scraped knee. Simon was arrested, charged, and fined for disorderly conduct. He was also suspended by Major League Baseball, and would issue an apology to Block.
Simon was later 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 to free agency.
On February 19, 2004, The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Randall Simon from free agency to secure the team at first base for the upcoming season. When Pittsburgh Pirates spring training started in March of 2004, Simon reported to camp out of shape. After several horrible and frustrating months into his second tenure with the Pirates, he was once again released to free agency on August 14, 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."
Major League Baseball did see him again, as he was signed by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays five days later, but he still struggled at the major league level, even with a change of scenery. After less than three weeks with Tampa Bay, he was released once again into free agency, and employed by Orix Buffaloes.