Kevin Bass to be Guest on Astroline Tomorrow

Former Astros Outfielder Joins Radio Broadcaster Steve Sparks Tomorrow at Pluckers Wing Bar

HOUSTON, TX - Former Houston Astros outfielder Kevin Bass will be the guest on Astroline tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. CT at Pluckers Wing Bar for the eighth 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 remainder of 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 (9 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.

Bass, 56, was a popular player in Houston during his 10 seasons as an outfielder with the Astros (1982-89, 1993-94), and is best remembered for playing an instrumental role in the success of the 1986 Western Division championship club. Bass was an NL All-Star that season, hitting .311 (184x591) with 33 doubles, five triples, 20 home runs, 79 RBI and 22 stolen bases. After the season he finished seventh in the NL MVP voting. The following season, he hit 19 home runs with a career-high 85 RBI. Overall, Bass hit .270 in 14 Major League seasons (1982-95) with 118 home runs, 611 RBI and 151 stolen bases. In addition to the Astros, he also played for the Brewers, Giants, Mets and Orioles.

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 Kevin Bass are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m.

Astroline preliminary schedule (subject to change).

Day           Date               Station

Thu.           Jan. 28            KBME

Wed.         Feb. 3             KBME

Thu.           Feb. 11           KBME

Thu.           Feb. 18           KBME

Wed.         Feb. 24           KTRH

Fri.             Mar. 4             KBME

Tue.           Mar. 8             KBME

Tue.           Mar. 15           KBME

Mon.         Mar. 21           KBME

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