HOUSTON, TX - Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Collin McHugh will be the guest on Astroline tomorrow, March 8, at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT), which is located at 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. Ford and fellow radio broadcaster Steve Sparks alternate hosting duties for Astroline.
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 remaining 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.
Astroline will continue from the ESPN Club at Disney's BoardWalk for the final three broadcasts from Florida during Spring Training. Astroline runs through March 21. 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.
McHugh, 28, has gone 30-24 with a 4.04 ERA (182ER/405.2IP) and 356 strikeouts in 72 games (66 starts) in the Major Leagues across four seasons with the Mets (2012-13), Rockies (2013) and Astros (2014-15). Since joining the Astros starting rotation in 2014, he has gone 30-16 with a 3.39 ERA (135ER/358.1IP) in 57 starts. McHugh had a career year in 2015, reaching the 200-inning plateau while posting 19 wins (second in the AL behind Keuchel), a 3.89 ERA (88ER/203.2IP) and 171 strikeouts in 32 starts. So far this spring he's made one start, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings on March 5 vs. the New York Mets.
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 Collin McHugh must do so immediately before or after the show.
Astroline preliminary schedule (subject to change).
Day Date Station Location
Tues. Mar. 8 KBME ESPN Club at Disney Boardwalk
Tues. Mar. 15 KBME ESPN Club at Disney Boardwalk
Mon. Mar. 21 KBME ESPN Club at Disney Boardwalk