Quintero to be guest on Astroline Wednesday

HOUSTON, TX — Houston Astros catcher Humberto Quintero will be this week’s guest on the club’s popular Astroline call-in radio show at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Hosted by Hall of Fame Broadcaster Milo Hamilton, Astroline is broadcast live from Buffalo Wild Wings at 510 Gray Street.

The show is open to the public and airs on the club’s flagship station, KTRH 740 AM. Listeners can call the show with questions at 713-212-5874. Fans may also send questions to Alyson Footer via Twitter at twitter.com/alysonfooter. Astroline is streamed live at www.astros.com. Archived broadcasts from this year’s shows are also available on the team’s website.

Quintero, 32, has spent seven seasons with Houston (2005-11) and joins left-hander Wandy Rodriguez as the longest-tenured Astros entering the 2012 season. The Venezuelan native has spent parts of nine seasons in the big leagues with San Diego (2003-04) and Houston and currently owns a .234 (252x1075) career Major League average with 15 homers and 94 RBI in 379 games. He set career highs in runs scored (22), hits (63), doubles (12) and RBI (25) last season, while his 11 pickoffs over the last two seasons (2010-11) rank first in the Majors.

Hamilton began his Hall of Fame radio career as a disc jockey on the Armed Forces Radio Network during Thanksgiving week in 1945. The 2012 season will be his 28th with the Astros and his 59th year broadcasting Major League Baseball.

Wednesday’s Astroline is the 11th of 18 scheduled shows during its five-month run leading into the 2012 baseball season. The program will move to Florida in late February to the ESPN Club restaurant, located at the Disney Boardwalk, after the Astros have reported to Spring Training in Kissimmee, FL. The first of four broadcasts from Florida will be on Feb. 29.

Astroline, presented by Budweiser, features interviews, news and information on the Houston Astros. The show features a different guest each week, ranging from current and former Astros players to front office personnel.