Jeff Bagwell to be Guest on Astroline Tonight

Show will air on KTRH NewsRadio 740 AM

HOUSTON, TX - Former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell will be the guest on Astroline tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. CT at Pluckers Wing Bar for the sixth 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.

*Please note for autographs - Fans can claim a free raffle ticket at Pluckers tonight between 5:00-6:15 p.m. (one raffle ticket per fan). Winning tickets will be selected before the show and autograph vouchers will be distributed to the holders of each winning ticket. Fans must have a winning voucher to receive an autograph.*

*MEDIA NOTE: Media wishing to interview Bagwell at Astroline are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m.*

Tonight's Astroline, which is presented by Karbach Brewing Co., will air on the Astros Radio Network, KTRH NewsRadio 740 AM and will stream online at Astros.com/Astroline. Astroline broadcasts live, weekly from 7-8 p.m. CT during the offseason.

For the fourth consecutive season, Astroline airs from Pluckers Wing Bar (1400 Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas, 77007). Astroline runs through March 2017 (12 remaining segments), and is 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.

During his illustrious career, all spent with the Astros, Jeff Bagwell compiled a .297 batting average with 449 home runs and 1,529 RBI while posting a .408 on-base percentage and a .540 slugging percentage. He is the Houston franchise leader in career home runs, RBI, batting average and walks, and ranks second in club history in games, runs, hits, doubles, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. This year marks Bagwell's seventh appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot. In 2016, Bagwell received 71.6 percent of the vote, after receiving 55.7 percent the previous season, marking one of the most dramatic increases in recent memory for any player in a single year. 75 percent of the vote is needed for induction.

Sparks enters his fifth 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.

Astroline preliminary schedule (subject to change).

Day           Date               Station

Wed.         Jan. 4              KTRH

Thurs.       Jan. 12            KBME

Thurs.       Jan. 19            KBME

Thurs.       Jan. 26            KBME

Wed.         Feb. 1              KBME

Wed.         Feb. 8              KBME

Thurs.       Feb. 16           KBME

Wed.         Feb. 22*         KBME

Thurs.       March 2*       KBME

Thurs.       March 9*       KBME

Tues.         March 14*     KBME

Wed.         March 22*     KBME

*live from West Palm

-ASTROS-