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.