Longtime SF Giants beat writer Chris Haft has announced plans to retire this offseason.
According to a post on Chris Haft’s Twitter, the longtime SF Giants writer will be accepting an early retirement package from MLB.com. However, Haft does not plan to stop writing about baseball, “Thus I will keep writing baseball somehow. The game’s my north star, ushering me to the present and illuminating my path to the future.” He had worked as the MLB.com Giants beat writer for some time but had recently transitioned to a broader MLB focused position. Haft joins a long line of senior baseball writers and journalists that have stepped away from their current roles as publications around the country look to cut payrolls by eliminating positions or hiring younger (usually cheaper) replacements.
Haft has written about baseball, usually with a focus on the Giants, for nearly three decades. He has written for The Mercury News, Santa Cruz Sentinel, and a host of other publications predominantly in Northern California. He has also written three books about the Giants. Most recently, Haft co-authored longtime clubhouse manager Mike Murphy’s memoir titled From The Stick to The Cove: My Six Decades with the San Francisco Giants, which was released earlier this year.
A staple in the Giants press box for many years, many fans are quite familiar with his work. After longtime San Francisco Chronicle Giants beat writer Henry Schulman announced his retirement earlier this month, fans have lost two of the most veteran writers in the industry.
Other reporters were quick to congratulate Haft on his time at MLB.com and offered their compliments of his character and work as well.
The Around the Foghorn team is happy to congratulate Chris Haft on taking the next step in his career after building an impressive body of work covering the SF Giants for MLB.com. We are all excited to read whatever he writes next.