SportsTalk 790's own Matt Thomas will serve as the host of Astroline, filling in temporarily for Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton. Joining Thomas will be 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. Following Thursday's program, the show will move to Florida to be near the team and their Spring Training facility in Kissimmee. The ESPN Club restaurant on Disney's Boardwalk will once again serve as the Florida home of Astroline this season.
Elias, who's been with the Astros since January of 2012, was named the club's director of amateur scouting last August. In his role, he leads Houston's amateur scouting staff, which will again have the first overall selection in Major League Baseball's Amateur Draft this June. Last season, Elias contributed across multiple aspects of baseball operations, including the evaluation of talent for the amateur draft, trades, international free agency and the Astros farm system. During this time, the Astros bolstered their farm system by adding 16 minor leaguers via trade and were rated as having the best 2012 draft in MLB by Baseball America.
Thomas, a native of Houston and a graduate of the University of Houston, currently hosts "The Matt Thomas Show" on weekdays from 12-3 p.m. on SportsTalk 790. During the MLB season, Thomas also hosts "Astros On Deck" and the "10th Inning Show" before and after Astros radio broadcasts.