UNITED STATES – The Rockford RiverHawks have agreed to terms with former Major League slugger Randall Simon. The RiverHawks are the newest member of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball circuit that will play its 18th season in 2010.
A member of the Dutch national team at last year’s World Baseball Classic and the IBAF Baseball World Cup, Simon played eight big league seasons with a half dozen teams. He batted .281 with 13 home runs and 51 RBIs for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (Northern League) a year ago.
The 34-year-old will join Richard Austin, a veteran outfielder/first baseman who spent his first four professional seasons with the franchise. Austin won the Frontier League Player of the Year Award in 2004. He has played in six countries and won two pennants – including last year in the Italian Baseball League – since reaching the Frontier League’s age limit of 27.
The RiverHawks will start the 2010 season on May 20 against the Schaumburg Flyers. Most games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380 (WTJK-AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.
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