Joe Musgrove to be Tomorrow's Astroline Guest

Astroline broadcasts from Duffy's Sports Grill in West Palm Beach for final three shows

HOUSTON, TX - Astros right-handed pitcher Joe Musgrove will be the guest on Astroline tomorrow night, March 9, at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET) at Duffy's Sports Grill of Clematis, located at 225 N Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Astros play-by-play commentator Robert Ford will serve as the host. Ford and fellow radio broadcaster Steve Sparks will alternate hosting duties throughout the remainder of the offseason.

 

*MEDIA NOTE: Media wishing to interview Musgrove at Astroline are asked to arrive by 7:45 p.m. ET*

 

Tomorrow night's Astroline, which is presented by Karbach Brewing Co., will air on the Astros Radio Network, the Astros flagship station 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 (8-9 p.m. ET) during the offseason.

 

Astroline will continue from Duffy's Sports Grill for the final three broadcasts from Florida during Spring Training. Astroline runs through March 22. 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. As always, fans will also have the option to call the show with questions at 713-212-5790.

 

Musgrove, 24, is entering his seventh season as a professional since being drafted in the supplemental first round of the June 2011 draft by Toronto. He made his Major League debut for the Astros in 2016, pitching the final two months of the season in the Astros rotation. Musgrove debuted on Aug. 2, 2016 vs. the Blue Jays, and tossed 4.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out eight. He set a Major League record for strikeouts by a reliever in a debut. So far this Spring he owns a 1.80 ERA (1ER/5IP) in two starts with three punchouts. He also had a strong minor league season in 2016, which peaked at the All-Star Game, as he was the starting pitcher for the U.S. Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. In 76 career minor league games (52 starts), he has gone 28-11 with a 2.83 ERA (106ER/337.1IP) and 320 strikeouts. Additionally, Musgrove was named the Astros 2015 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 12-1 with a 1.88 ERA (21ER/100.2IP), eight walks and 99 strikeouts across three levels in the Astros system (Double A, Class A Advanced, Class A).

 

Ford enters his fifth season as the Astros radio play-by-play commentator after being named to the post prior to the 2013 season. Before joining the Astros, 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, 2004).

 

Astroline preliminary schedule (subject to change).

Day           Date               Station

Thurs.       March 9*       KBME

Tues.         March 14*     KBME

Wed.         March 22*     KBME

*live from West Palm

 

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