Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton is once again serving as the host of Astroline and is joined each week by Astros Social Media Director Kelly George, who will take fan questions via Twitter at twitter.com/astros either before or during the broadcast. Fans may also post questions prior to the broadcast on the Astros Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Astros. As always, fans will also have the option to call the show with questions at 713-212-5790.
Astroline, which is presented by Budweiser, is being broadcast live each Thursday from 7-8 p.m. during the offseason. The show will continue to broadcast from Houston through February 28 before moving to Florida on March 7 to be near the team and their Spring Training facility in Kissimmee, FL.
Ashby is returning to the Astros broadcast booth after six years (2007-12) of calling Toronto Blue Jays games on radio and television. Ashby's hiring marks a return to Houston for the popular former Astros player and radio broadcaster. Ashby spent 11 of his 17 Major League seasons as a catcher with the Astros from 1979-89, during which he was a part of three postseason teams. From 1998-2006, Ashby worked as the Astros color analyst on radio alongside Hall of Famer Milo Hamilton.
Ashby and Hamilton will be reunited on Thursday, having already shared a booth together for some of the club's greatest moments in the franchise's history. The two worked together in 1998, when the Astros finished with a franchise-best 102 victories. In 1999, the two were behind the mic when the Astros played the final regular season game in the Astrodome, which resulted in a division-clinching victory. Ashby and Hamilton opened Minute Maid Park together in 2000, and called playoff seasons in 2004 and 2005. Their call of Chris Burke's 18th inning home run in the 2005 NLDS is a classic heard on every highlight reel played at Minute Maid Park.
Hamilton, who retired from the radio booth in 2012, 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 was his 28th with the Astros and his 59th year broadcasting Major League Baseball. Although he retired from calling games, Hamilton will remain active with the Astros moving forward.