Jeff Luhnow to be Monday's Astroline Guest

Final Astroline broadcast to feature Astros GM from the ESPN Club at the Disney BoardWalk

HOUSTON, TX - Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow will be the final guest on Astroline, which concludes Monday night, March 21, at 8 p.m. ET, and is located at the ESPN Club at Disney's BoardWalk in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Astros radio commentators Robert Ford and Steve Sparks will serve as the hosts.

 

Monday night's Astroline, which is presented by Karbach Brewing Co., will air live on KBME SportsTalk 790 AM and will stream online at Astros.com/Astroline. For fans in Florida, Astroline is 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.

 

Since being named Astros GM during the 2011 Winter Meetings, Luhnow has made a multitude of trades and overseen four successful amateur drafts, which played a major role in the Astros 2015 postseason run, their first trip to the playoffs in 10 years. Also in 2015, the Astros farm system was ranked as the best in baseball by MiLB.com, as Astros minor league affiliates combined to post the best record among all 30 organizations during the regular season with a 502-405 (.553) mark. The Astros became the second organization since 2005 to have seven minor league teams qualify for the playoffs in a single year, joining the 2010 Mariners.

 

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).

 

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.

 

This will be the final Astroline of the 2015-16 offseason and the final Astroline broadcast from the ESPN Club on Disney's BoardWalk, which has hosted the Astros offseason radio program for more than 10 years. The Astros and Astroline will move to West Palm Beach next spring with the location of the weekly show to be announced.

 

*Media Note- Media wishing to interview Jeff Luhnow must do so immediately before or after the show.

 

 

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