Geoff 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. He returns to the TV broadcast booth in 2016 as color analyst alongside Alan Ashby and Bill Brown.
During his playing career, Blum played two stints with the Astros, totaling five seasons in Houston (2002-03, 2008-10). A switch-hitter, Blum was known as one of the top pinch hitters and utility players in the game, appearing at all four infield positions for nine straight seasons (2000-08). He appeared in the postseason on three occasions (2005-06, 2011). In 2005, Blum hit a go-ahead solo home run in the 14th inning in Game 3 of the World Series to become the 30th player to homer in his first World Series at-bat.
Todd Kalas, who is the son of Hall of Famer and former Astros broadcaster Harry Kalas, has 25 seasons of experience as a broadcaster in professional baseball. He spent the last 19 seasons (1998-2016) as part of the Tampa Bay Rays TV broadcast team. While his primary duties for the Rays were as pre and postgame host and in-game reporter, Kalas also handled play-by-play duties for hundreds of Rays games on both television and radio during his time there. He is highly-respected in the industry amongst his peers and by the many players he has interacted with. Known for his distinctive voice and personality, Kalas grew to be a popular figure with Rays fans as a result of his work on the broadcasts and was a two-time Suncoast Emmy award winner. Prior to joining the Rays, Kalas also had stints with the New York Mets radio (1992-93) and Philadelphia Phillies television (1994-96) broadcast teams.
A native Houstonian, Kalas was born at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston while his father, Harry, served as an Astros broadcaster from 1965-70. Harry would later call Phillies games from 1971-2009 en route to a Hall of Fame career. When the Phillies and Rays met in the 2008 World Series, Todd and his father called an inning together on radio during Game One of the Fall Classic.
After earning a degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University, Kalas began his baseball career as a broadcaster with the Triple A Louisville Redbirds in 1991, before joining the Mets in 1992.
Robert Ford was named to the Astros radio broadcast team as the play-by-play commentator on February 13, 2013. Prior to joining the Astros, Ford had served as the radio pre- and postgame host for the Kansas City Royals on 610 AM KCSP, the Royals flagship station, since 2009. He has seven years of experience broadcasting minor league baseball, having called over 800 games during stints with the Binghamton Mets, Kalamazoo Kings and Yakima Bears. Ford was twice named Frontier League Broadcaster of the Year (2003 and 2004). He also has extensive play-by-play experience in college basketball. He is a 2001 graduate of Syracuse University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Ford lives in Houston with his daughter Elena.
Steve Sparks joined the Astros radio broadcast team as the color commentator on February 13, 2013. Sparks, 51, has served as a pre- and postgame analyst for Astros television games over the last several seasons and has also filled in as a color analyst on Astros radio and television broadcasts. 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 organizations. His best season was in 2001 while with Detroit when he went 14-9 in 35 appearances (33 starts) with a 3.65 ERA while leading the Majors in complete games with eight. He also tallied a career high in innings pitched (232.0) that season. Sparks, known not only for his pitching but also for his ability to read tea leaves, attended Sam Houston State University. He and his wife Michelle currently live in Sugar Land and have three children: Alexa, Blake and Chloe.
Francisco Romero enters his ninth season as the primary play-by-play voice for the Astros Spanish radio network. Romero joined the Astros after spending five seasons broadcasting Milwaukee Brewers games in Spanish on Telemundo Wisconsin. He also has Major League experience calling select games for the Minnesota Twins and Arizona Diamondbacks.
His additional sports broadcasting experience includes both football and basketball for the University of Arizona Spanish Radio Network from 1999-2008, as well as three seasons on the Arizona Cardinals radio halftime report. In 2003, the Arizona Daily Star named him as one of the Top 100 Sports Figures of Southern Arizona.
Former Astros catcher Alex Treviño, who wore the gear for the Astros from 1988-90, begins his 21st season with Houston's Spanish broadcast team. A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Treviño played for 13 seasons in the Majors, primarily as a catcher, spending time with the Mets, Reds, Braves, Giants, Dodgers and Astros organizations. Overall, he played in 939 Major League games and had a .249 lifetime average.
In September 2014, Alex was inducted into the Houston Baseball Media Wall of Honor for his significant and lasting contributions to the landscape of Houston baseball through his work in broadcasting. As of 2016, his 21 seasons in the broadcast booth were tied for the most in franchise history by a Spanish broadcaster with Orlando Sanchez Diago's 21 years.