Kroon announces retirement

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Kroon announces retirement

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Marc Kroon, the journeyman right-hander whose bid to make it back to the major leagues became an emotional storyline last season, announced his retirement on his Twitter account Sunday.I can say It was an honor to play this game, Kroon wrote. It is great to know the last Big League jersey i wore was the S.F. Giants!! You fans were great I will never forget you!!Kroon, 38, only wore a San Francisco Giants jersey in spring training. He had a strong camp last year but was one of the final cuts. His saga to return following a seven-year absence from the big leagues, and his emotional candor, made him a compelling subject on Showtimes documentary series that followed the 2011 team.

Kroon spent all of last season at Triple-A Fresno and struggled to throw strikes down the stretch, taking him out of consideration for a call-up in September despite pleas from many fans who connected with his story.Kroon is one of the most accomplished relievers in the history of the Japanese Leagues. He recorded 177 saves for the Yokohama Bay Stars and Yomiuri Giants from 2005-10.Heres the full, unedited post from his Twitter account:After 21 years I have decided to retire from the game of baseball. I am excited for the next adventure in my life and being a full time parent. I have been blessed too be able too (sic) have a great career. I could not have done it without the support of so many people. I would like to thank the N.Y. Mets (who drafted me), Padres (Major League Debut), Reds, Mariners, Dodgers, Angles, Tomoteros (Mexico), Yokohama Baystars, Tokyo Giants and the S.F. Giants for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love. I would like to thank every coach and teammate that I have ever come across in my career. The fans in Japan and America you were amazing with your support I love you. Most of all to my family. My wife Tricia and kids M.J,@matthew_kroon, and Madison who made my career possible I could not have done it without there support. I love you. My mom for raising me and believing in me I love you mom. My sisters I love you. What an amazing ride!!! I can say It was an honor to play this game. It is great to know the last Big League jersey i wore was the S.F. Giants!! You fans were great I will never forget you!!ontothenextI still will remain on twitter so plz continue following me.

Giants lineup: Nunez in right field against Padres

Giants lineup: Nunez in right field against Padres

PROGRAMMING ALERT: Padres-Giants coverage begins at 5pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming right here.

With the Giants shuffling players around, Eduardo Nunez finds himself manning right field Saturday evening against the Padres.

San Diego Padres:
1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Cory Spangenberg (L) LF
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
5. Ryan Schimpf (L) 3B
6. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
7. Austin Hedges (R) C
8. Erick Aybar (S) SS
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Michael Morse (R) 1B
5. Christian Arroyo (R) SS
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
7. Eduardo Nunez (R) RF
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Matt Cain (R) P

 

Giants move Crawford from bereavement list to 10-day DL

Giants move Crawford from bereavement list to 10-day DL

Brandon Crawford, who was already on the bereavement list, has been placed on the 10-day DL by the Giants on Saturday.

Crawford has already served three of the 10 days due to his stint on the bereavement list. The Giants' shortstop is dealing with a right groin strain.

In 21 games this season, Crawford is hitting .263/.284/.434 with two home runs. He won his second Gold Glove last season. 

Rookie Christian Arroyo is taking his place at shortstop on Saturday.