April 2, 1973 |
The Bronx, New York
|MLB: July 7, 1995 for the San Diego Padres|
|NPB: April 2, 2005 for the Yokohama BayStars|
|NPB  statistics|
|Earned run average||2.68|
|MLB  statistics|
|Earned run average||7.76|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Last update: 2 September 2011|
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. That year, he set the record for the fastest pitch ever in Japanese baseball, at 161 km/h (100 mph). He threw fastballs at that speed several times while playing in Yokohama. 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.
Kroon signed a minor league contract with an invitation for spring training with the San Francisco Giants in 2011. Kroon was reassigned to triple-A Fresno Grizzlies at the end of spring training.
Kroon was featured in the Showtime television production, The Franchise.
On March 8, 2012, Kroon retired.
- Schulman, Henry (2011-02-27). "If Giambi Goes, A's Won't Collapse". The San Francisco Chronicle.
- Pentis, Andrew (2012-03-08). "Memories of a retiring Minor Leaguer". milb.com. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Nippon Professional Baseball career statistics from Japanesebaseball.com
- Archived version of Marc Kroon's website while in Japan