Alan Ashby returned to Houston as the primary color analyst and primary road play-by-play voice on television in 2013. Prior to joining the Astros, Ashby had been calling games on radio and television for the Toronto Blue Jays for six seasons (2007-12).
Ashby’s hiring marked 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.
Prior to his broadcasting career, Ashby served as a coach and minor league manager in the Astros farm system. As part of the club’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2012, Ashby was named to the Astros All-Time 25-man roster. Previously, he was named to the All-Time Astrodome team in 1999, and in 2000 was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ashby compiled a career average of .245 with 90 home runs and 513 RBI in 1,370 games, and caught three no-hitters (Ken Forsch, Nolan Ryan, Mike Scott).
Ashby currently resides in Houston, which has been his home since 1979. He is married to wife Kathryn, is the father of six children and proud grandfather of 17 grandchildren.
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