Phils Add Simon The Sausage Whacker

While Randall Simon will never live down whacking a human sausage with a baseball bat, the Phillies are hoping he'll add some history to his record as being a left-handed pinch-hitter in the final month of the season.

Perhaps the Phanatic should be wearing some protective gear for the last month of the season. Randall Simon, best known for whacking a human sausage with a baseball bat during a mascot race in Milwaukee, is now a Philadelphia Phillie.

The Phillies purchased Simon, who hasn't played in the majors since 2004, from the Texas Rangers. Since he was added after August 31st, he will be ineligible for the post-season roster, should the Phillies win the wild card.

Simon, who played in Japan last season, has 49 career homeruns in 514 at bats. He has played for Atlanta, Detroit, the Cubs, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay in his career. He's got a career average of .283 and the Phillies hope that he'll give them some left-handed power off the bench for the final month of the season.

The Phillies have looked to upgrade their bench recently with the acquisition of utility players Jose Hernandez, Jeff Conine and now, Simon. Both Hernandez and Conine are right-handed hitters.

Simon played at three different levels this season, most recently playing for the AAA Oklahoma RedHawks of the Pacific Coast League where he hit .317 in 19 games. He also played in five games for the Arizona League Rangers, where he hit .278 and started the season in the Mexican League where he hit .348 with 18 homeruns in 233 at bats.

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