Astros hold contest to replace team's mascot

Astros hold contest to replace team's mascot

HOUSTON -- After getting a strong response from the fans in their "You Make The Call" radio apprentice contest, the Astros on Wednesday unveiled another fan contest to find a new mascot for the 2013 season -- the team's first in the American League -- to replace Junction Jack.

Fans and a panel of judges will have a chance to be a part of the selection process in the "You Make the Call" mascot talent contest. Aspiring participants can register online at, and the deadline to register is 5 p.m. CT on Sept. 19.

"We had a great response with the radio contest, and we're trying to stay consistent with the fan engagement," market manager Andrea Andrus said. "The mascot is a really important role, and we're taking the contest serious as the same time as having fun with it."

Once the registration is closed, a panel of judges will select the top 50 applicants to compete for the interview round, which will take place Sept. 24-25 at Minute Maid Park. Contestants will wear a standard costume provided by the team, and the judges will select 10 candidates for the interaction round.

The interaction round will be held Sept. 26 at Minute Maid Park, and videos of the final 10 auditions will be posted onto the website for fans to vote between Sept. 28 and Oct. 4. The combined voting of the fans and judges will determine the top four that will advance to the final round.

In the final round, which will be held Oct. 9, video of the four contestants' performances will be posted online for fans to vote, Oct. 11-17. The final round of fan voting will be combined with the judges to select the winner.