Brian McTaggart with this story about Geoff Blum joining the Astros TV broadcast team, earlier this morning.
Blum played five seasons, primarily as a utility player, with the Houston Astros posting a .259/.317/.394 in 580 games. Those numbers are slightly better than his .250/.310/.384 career line in 14 major league seasons.
Last year Blum played with the Arizona Diamondbacks and hit .143/.194/.143 in 17 games. He was released by the Diamondbacks on July 20, 2012, and was not picked up by another team.
According to McTaggart Blum will broadcast about 60 games this year with Bill Brown taking a reduced role of his own accord. The recently hired, Alan Ashby will slide over to do play-by-play when it's he and Blum in the booth.
Also mentioned in the article is that the Astros are still in the process of finding two radio announcers for the radio side of things, though they've interviewed several candidates including Steve Sparks. With CSN Houston still not being shown in a majority of Houston households it would behoove the Astros to not only get the radio team right but also soon. The radio may be the only connection a lot of Houston residents have to watch the games.
As far as Blum goes he is a solid hire. I always liked him and he was considered a high character guy, plus those pipes are second to none.