Yokohama BayStars relief pitcher Marc Kroon made headlines July 19 when he threw a 161-kph (100.6 mph) fastball in a game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. However, setting a record for the fastest pitch thrown in a Japan pro baseball game was not his goal.

“Getting the hitters out, racking up another save and preserving victories for the BayStars is the reason I’m out there,” said the first-year closer.

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