AJ Hinch to be Tomorrow's Astroline Guest

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

HOUSTON, TX - Astros manager AJ Hinch will be the guest on Astroline tomorrow night, March 14, 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 alternate hosting duties throughout the offseason.


*MEDIA NOTE: Media wishing to interview Hinch 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 two broadcasts from Florida during Spring Training. Astroline runs through March 22 (next Wednesday). 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.


Hinch, 42, in entering his third season at the helm of the Houston Astros. Last season, Hinch guided his Astros to an 84-78 record, their second consecutive winning season, marking the first time the club had posted back to back winning years since doing so in six straight from 2001-06. In his return to the dugout in 2015, Hinch guided the Astros to their first postseason appearance in 10 years and their 10th postseason appearance in franchise history. The 2015 Astros finished 86-76, a 16-game improvement over the 2014 Astros (70-92), which is the largest improvement for a first-year manager in franchise history. Hinch also played parts of seven Major League seasons with Oakland (1998-2000), Kansas City (2001-02), Detroit (2003) and Philadelphia (2004).


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

Tues.         March 14*     KBME

Wed.         March 22*     KBME

*live from West Palm