Astros to preview American League West division on Friday

Hot Stove show will feature exclusive pre-recorded interviews with AL West broadcasters

February 11th, 2021

HOUSTON, TX - This week’s episode of Astroline, the Astros popular offseason radio show, will air tomorrow night on SportsTalk 790 from 6-7 p.m. CT. Astros broadcasters Steve Sparks and Geoff Blum will serve as co-hosts for the show, which will feature exclusive pre-recorded interviews with broadcasters from around the American League West: A’s Radio Broadcaster Vince Cotroneo, Angels TV broadcaster Mark Gubicza, Mariners Radio Broadcaster Gary Hill, and Rangers Radio Broadcaster Jared Sandler.

The taping of this week’s Astroline will be tonight from 6-7 p.m. at Pluckers Wing Bar, which is located at 1400 Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX, 77007. Sparks and Blum will be on hand tonight from 6-7 p.m. Astroline is open to the public with no admission charge.

In addition to listening along on SportsTalk 790 tomorrow night, the show can be heard on 94.5 FM HD-2 and at The show will also be posted online in podcast form at and in video form on the Astros official YouTube account.

All Astroline shows, which are presented by Karbach Brewing Company, are scheduled to broadcast on SportsTalk 790, but are subject to change due to scheduling conflicts. Tomorrow night’s show is the ninth of a scheduled 14 shows, which will air weekly on most Thursday’s from 6-7 p.m. CT.

Sparks is for his ninth season in 2021 as the Astros radio color commentator after being named to the post on Feb. 13, 2013. Prior to joining the Astros radio broadcast team, Sparks served as a pre- and postgame analyst for Astros television games over several seasons following a 17-year playing career. A knuckleballer in his playing days, Sparks pitched in the Major Leagues in parts of nine seasons (1995-2004) for the Brewers, Angels, Tigers, A’s and Diamondbacks. His best season came in 2001 for Detroit when he went 14-9 with a 3.65 ERA and a Major League-best eight complete games while tallying 232.0 innings pitched.

Blum will also be returning for his ninth season on the Astros television broadcast team in 2021, his fifth as the everyday color analyst for Astros telecasts. Blum, who retired after 14 Major League seasons as an infielder (1999-2012), made the transition from the playing field to the broadcast booth in 2013. During his playing career, Blum had two stints with the Astros, totaling five seasons in Houston (2002-03, 2008-10). Throughout his tenure with the Astros, Blum hit .259 with 228 RBI, 46 homers, 77 doubles and a .711 OPS. A switch hitter, Blum was known as one of the top pinch-hitters and utility players in the game, appearing at four infield positions for nine straight seasons (2000-08). He appeared in the postseason three times in his career (2005-06, 2011).

Astroline preliminary schedule (subject to change):

Day       Date           Station

Fri.         Feb. 12       KBME

Thur.     Feb. 18       KBME

Thur.    Feb. 25      KBME*

Thur.     March 4     KBME*

Thur.     March 11   KBME*

Thur.     March 18   KBME*

*live from West Palm