Marc Kroon

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Marc Kroon
Relief pitcher
Born: (1973-04-02) April 2, 1973 (age 44)
The Bronx, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 7, 1995, for the San Diego Padres
NPB: April 2, 2005, for the Yokohama BayStars
NPB[1] statistics
Win–loss record 14-18
Earned run average 2.68
Strikeouts 417
Saves 177
MLB[1] statistics
Win–loss record 0–2
Earned run average 7.76
Strikeouts 23
Career highlights and awards
Last updated on: 2 September 2011

Marc Jason Kroon (born April 2, 1973) is an American former right-handed relief pitcher. He served as the closer for the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League.

He was drafted 72nd overall by the New York Mets in 1991. After playing for various teams including the Cincinnati Reds, he joined the Yokohama BayStars in 2005. After the 2007 season, Kroon and the BayStars failed to come to terms on a new contract, and ended up being a free agent. Kroon was later signed by the Yomiuri Giants along with two other major non-Japanese free agents: former Tokyo Yakult Swallows standouts Seth Greisinger, and Alex Ramirez.

In 2008, Kroon led the Central League in saves with 41.[2] He also broke his own record of pitching to 291 km/h (181 mph).[3]

Kroon signed a minor league contract with an invitation for spring training with the San Francisco Giants in 2011.[4] Kroon was reassigned to triple-A Fresno Grizzlies at the end of spring training.[5]

Kroon was featured in the Showtime television production The Franchise.[6]

On March 8, 2012, Kroon retired.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Marc Kroon," Accessed March 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "Lions defeat Giants to win Japan Series in seven.". Associated Press. 2008-11-11. Retrieved 2008-11-11. [dead link]
  3. ^ Schulman, Henry (2011-02-27). "If Giambi Goes, A's Won't Collapse". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
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  5. ^ "Marc Kroon: Kroon can opt out of contract on June 1," RotoWorld (April 1, 2011).
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  7. ^ Pentis, Andrew (2012-03-08). "Memories of a retiring Minor Leaguer". Retrieved 2012-03-13. 

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