Astros Choose Todd Kalas As New TV Voice
Geoff Blum Returns For Color Role

Todd with Harry at 2008 World Series
Following in the footsteps of his father, Todd Kalas was named recently as a member of the Astros' broadcast team, replacing retired Bill Brown. Kalas had worked with the Tampa Bay Rays under former Astros broadcaster Dewayne Staats.

But the connections go deeper. Kalas' father was Ford Frick Award winning Harry Kalas who began with the Astros from 1965-70 before becoming an icon in Philadelphia as the voice of the Phillies and highlight narrator for NFL Films. Both father and son worked the 2008 World Series on opposite sides. Harry passed away in 2009.

Todd was born in Houston while his father worked here so the family connection comes full circle.

Former Astros infielder Geoff Blum will return as Kalas' color man on television broadcasts after Alan Ashby was dismissed at the end of the 2016 season.

In other news, the Astros signed catcher Juan Centeno to a minor league contract. He will likely be with the parent club should Evan Gattis or Brian McCann suffer an injury during the course of the 2017 season. Centeno has big league experience with the Mets, Brewers and Twins from 2013-16.

The Astros also learned that pitcher Brendan McCurry would be lost during a 50-game suspension for violation of baseball's anti-drug policy. McCurry was acquired in 2015 from Oakland for shortstop Jed Lowrie and spent the past season at AA Corpus Christi.

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