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Geoff Blum takes broadcasting job with Astros

Jan 13, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

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Veteran infielder Geoff Blum hasn’t formally retired from baseball, but that’s probably coming soon. Here’s MLB.com beat writer Brian McTaggart:

Geoff Blum, who played five years with the Astros in two separate stints with the club, has reached an agreement to join the club’s television broadcast team, a source has told MLB.com.

Blum is expected to be behind the microphone for about 60 games a year this year, filling the role of color analyst when Bill Brown isn’t in the booth.

Blum appeared in only 17 games — and started just five — with the Diamondbacks last season because of a serious left oblique injury.

And he hit .143 with a .336 OPS when he wasn’t on the disabled list.

The California native tallied 990 hits, 99 home runs and 479 RBI over the course of his 14-year major league career. He has big shoes to fill in Houston, where he’ll play a part in replacing fan favorite Jim Deshaies, who took a job in the Cubs’ television broadcast booth earlier this offseason. Blum is 39 years old.

  1. Carter Dotson - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Baseball is weird. Geoff Blum’s greatest moment as a professional was hitting a game-deciding home run against the Astros in the World Series, yet he’s been a member of the team twice and will analyze them professionally on TV.

  2. dadawg77 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    That was one of my greatest moments as baseball fan. Bloom is my favorite cup of tea White Sox

  3. historiophiliac - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Yea! The return of the player-announcer!

  4. gbrim - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Blum broadcasted a few games in AZ this year when our broadcast team famously melted down and they were scrambling for replacements. He did surprisingly well for a guy with no apparent training—relaxed, knowledgable, easy to listen to. I expect he will do well in Houston

  5. danielcp0303 - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Since CSN Houston isn’t available to anyone without Comcast, he won’t be broadcasting games for many people.

    • Brian Donohue - Jan 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      I’ve watched them a lot on mlb.tv, mainly for the broadcasting. Brown and Deshaies were among the very best; the only other duo that performs at their level is that of Martinez/Tabler in Toronto (and yes, Vin still stands alone in his own universe in LA). Maybe now I’ll watch more Cubs games. I always found Brenly vaguely annoying. Not grossly, arrogantly annoying like McCarver, but the Cubs have now definitely stepped up in the booth.

      • danielcp0303 - Jan 13, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        Well most people in Texas can’t watch the Astros. Only about 40% of Houston can.

  6. sabertone22 - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Save a buck where you can. This is another poor decision by who ever is running the radio & tv. Was no one else interested in the job?

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