HOUSTON, TX - New Astros manager A.J. Hinch will be the guest on Astroline tomorrow, March 5, at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT), which moves to the ESPN Club at Disney's BoardWalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Astros radio play-by-play commentator Robert Ford will serve as the host.
Tomorrow's Astroline, which is presented by Karbach Brewing Co., will air on KBME SportsTalk 790 AM and will stream online at Astros.com/Astroline. All shows are scheduled to broadcast on KBME SportsTalk 790, but are subject to change due to scheduling conflicts. Astroline broadcasts live, weekly from 7-8 p.m. CT during the offseason.
Beginning this week, Astroline returns to the ESPN Club at Disney's BoardWalk for the final four broadcasts from Florida during Spring Training. Astroline runs through March 26 (16 segments overall). On-site locations for Astroline are open to the public with no admission charge.
Fans can submit questions to the show via Twitter using the hashtag #Astroline, before and during the show. Fans may also post questions on the Astros Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Astros. As always, fans will also have the option to call the show with questions at 713-212-5790.
Hinch was named the 18th manger in Astros history on Sept. 29, 2014. The 40-year-old brings more than 20 years of playing, managing and front office experience in Major League Baseball to the Astros organization. He joins the Astros from San Diego, where he most recently served as the club's Vice President and Assistant General Manager for three years (2011-14). This is his second managerial post, as he served as Arizona's manager for parts of two seasons from 2009-10. Hinch also played parts of seven Major League seasons with Oakland (1998-2000), Kansas City (2001-02), Detroit (2003) and Philadelphia (2004). He played in a total of 338 career Major League games after being selected by Oakland in the third round of the 1996 draft.
Ford enters his third season as the Astros radio play-by-play commentator after being named to the post on Feb. 13, 2013. Prior to joining the Astros radio broadcast team, Ford spent four seasons as the pre-and postgame host for the Kansas City Royals radio broadcasts on 610 AM KCSP, the Royals flagship station. The 2001 graduate of Syracuse University spent seven years broadcasting minor league baseball, calling more than 800 games during his stints with the Binghamton Mets, Kalamazoo Kings and Yakima Bears. Ford was twice named Frontier League Broadcaster of the Year (2003 and 2004).
*Media Note- Media wishing to interview A.J. Hinch are asked to arrive by 7:45 p.m. ET.
Astroline schedule (subject to change).
Day Date Station Location
Thu. Mar. 5 KBME ESPN Club at Disney Boardwalk
Tues. Mar. 10 KBME ESPN Club at Disney Boardwalk
Wed. Mar. 18 KBME ESPN Club at Disney Boardwalk
Thu. Mar. 26 KBME ESPN Club at Disney Boardwalk