Evan Gattis to be Guest on Astroline Tomorrow

Astros Slugger Joins Radio Broadcaster Robert Ford Tomorrow at Pluckers Wing Bar

HOUSTON, TX - Houston Astros slugger Evan Gattis will be the guest on Astroline tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. CT at Pluckers Wing Bar for the second installment of the offseason radio program. Astros radio play-by-play commentator Robert Ford will serve as the host. Ford and fellow radio broadcaster Steve Sparks will alternate hosting duties throughout the offseason.

Tomorrow night'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. 

For the third consecutive season, Astroline airs from Pluckers Wing Bar, which is located at 1400 Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas, 77007. Pluckers Wing Bar is entering its third year of business in Houston after officially opening to the public in 2013. Astroline runs through March 2016 (16 segments), which will be open to all Astros fans with no admission charge.

Fans can submit questions to the show via Twitter using the hashtag #Astroline, before and during the show. As always, fans will also have the option to call the show with questions at 713-212-5790. 

Gattis, 29, led Astros hitters in home runs (27) and RBI (88) in 2015 in what was his first season with the club and his third in the Majors. He posted single-season career highs in games played (153), runs (66), hits, multi-hit games (40), triples (11), HR, RBI, walks (30) and extra-base hits (58). Gattis became the ninth player since 2000 to reach the 20-homer plateau in each of his first three seasons in the big leagues, joining Yoenis Cespedes, Giancarlo Stanton, Evan Longoria, Jay Bruce, Ryan Braun, Dan Uggla, Mark Teixeira and Albert Pujols. He also finished tied for third in the Majors in triples with 11, despite having just one triple in his career prior to this season. Prior to Gattis, the last Astro to record 11 triples in a season was Michael Bourn, who tallied 12 in 2009.

Ford enters his fourth 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 Evan Gattis are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m.

Astroline preliminary schedule (subject to change).

Day   Date   Station
Thu.   Dec. 3   KBME
Thu.   Dec. 10   KBME
Wed.   Dec. 16   KBME
Wed.   Jan. 6   KBME
Thu.   Jan. 14   KBME    
Thu.   Jan. 21   KBME
Thu.   Jan. 28   KBME
Wed.   Feb. 3   KBME
Thu.   Feb. 11   KBME
Thu.   Feb. 18   KBME
Wed.   Feb. 24   KBME
Thu.   Mar. 3   KBME
Thu.   Mar. 10   KBME
Thu.   Mar. 17   KBME
Thu.   Mar. 24   KBME


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