A.J. Hinch to be Guest on Astroline Tomorrow

Astros Manager Joins Radio Broadcaster Steve Sparks Tomorrow at Pluckers Wing Bar

HOUSTON, TX - Houston Astros Manager A.J. Hinch will be the guest on Astroline tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. CT at Pluckers Wing Bar for the third installment of the offseason radio program. Astros radio color commentator Steve Sparks will serve as the host. Sparks and fellow radio broadcaster Robert Ford 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.

Hinch, 41, guided the Astros to an 86-76 finish in 2015, and a berth in the American League Division Series in what was his first year managing the Astros. Under the watch of Hinch, the Astros posted a 16-win improvement over the 2014 season (70-92), which is the largest improvement for a first-year manager in franchise history. Additionally, Hinch represented the Astros in the 2015 All-Star Game, serving as a coach on Manager Ned Yost's American League squad. Following the season, he was named a finalist for the BBWAA AL Manager of the Year Award. Hinch also played parts of seven Major League seasons with Oakland (1998-2000), Kansas City (2001-02), Detroit (2003) and Philadelphia (2004). While with the Tigers, Hinch and Sparks were teammates in 2003, with Hinch catching Sparks in three games. Hinch played in a total of 338 career Major League games after being selected by Oakland in the third round of the 1996 draft.

Sparks enters his fourth season as the Astros radio color commentator after being named to the post on Feb. 13, 2013. Prior to joining the Astros radio broadcast team, Sparks served as a pre- and postgame analyst for Astros television games over several seasons following a 17-year playing career. A knuckleballer in his playing days, Sparks pitched in the Major Leagues in parts of nine seasons (1995-2004) for the Brewers, Angels, Tigers, A's and Diamondbacks. His best season came in 2001 for Detroit when he went 14-9 with a 3.65 ERA and a Major League-best eight complete games while tallying 232.0 innings pitched.

 

*Media Note- Media wishing to interview A.J. Hinch are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m.

 

Astroline preliminary schedule (subject to change).

Day           Date               Station

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           KTRH

Thu.           Mar. 3             KBME

Thu.           Mar. 10           KBME

Thu.           Mar. 17           KBME

Thu.           Mar. 24           KBME

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