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Longtime A’s Writer Susan Slusser Joins SF Giants Beat

TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 21: Reporter Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle stands on the field prior to the game between the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners at the Tokyo Dome on March 21, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. The Mariners defeated the Athletics 5-4. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 21: Reporter Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle stands on the field prior to the game between the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners at the Tokyo Dome on March 21, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. The Mariners defeated the Athletics 5-4. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
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MESA, AZ – FEBRUARY 20: Manager Bob Melvin #6 of the Oakland Athletics talks with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle during a spring training workout at Fitch Park on February 20, 2018. Slusser became the SF Giants beat writer earlier this week. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bob Melvin;

Fans will get to hear from a new voice as Susan Slusser has joined the SF Giants beat for the San Francisco Chronicle.

After Henry Schulman announced that he was retiring from the post in December, SF Giants fans did not know who would step in, but a replacement has been named in Slusser. Schulman had been covering the Giants for over 30 years, so it was a bit of a shock to many readers, but they could not have found a better replacement in Slusser. For A’s fans, Matt Kawahara will be taking over full-time on the beat.

Slusser is well-known in the sports media industry as she has been covering the Oakland Athletics since 1999. Before this, she covered the Texas Rangers for the Dallas Morning News. Outside of baseball, she worked on the Sacramento Kings beat for the Sacramento Bee and the Orlando Magic beat for the Orlando Sentinel in the 1990’s.

During her time with the A’s, she was named California Sportswriter of the Year along with Ann Killion in 2019 by the National Sports Media Association. Furthermore, she became the first woman to serve as president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) in 2014. She no longer holds that role, but still serves on the board of the BBWAA.

Slusser is a trusted and seasoned voice in sports media and now she will get a new assignment with the Giants. Of course, this is not entirely new territory for her as she has filled in occasionally in the past:

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The change is going to be a tough pill for A’s fans to swallow as Slusser has been a well-liked voice covering the team for so long. With that being said, I am really excited to see everything that Slusser brings to the beat and I know I am not alone in that.

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