Ashby named new color commentator

Familiar face joins Blue Jays' broadcast booth

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' offseason additions haven't been limited to the team's roster. On Wednesday, The FAN Radio Network announced a change inside the Toronto's radio booth.

The FAN 590, Toronto's flagship radio station, has named former Blue Jays catcher Alan Ashby as its new color commentator for all 162 Toronto games this season. Ashby and longtime play-by-play man Jerry Howarth will serve as Toronto's broadcast team for the 2007-09 seasons.

"We're excited to have Alan's experience as a Major League player and broadcaster as part of our team for the next three years" Nelson Millman, The FAN 590 vice president and general manager, said in a release.

Ashby spent the past eight seasons as part of the Houston Astros' broadcast team. His experience with the Astros included broadcasting games in 2005, when the club made its first World Series appearance.

Originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1969, Ashby was traded to the Blue Jays prior to the 1977 season. He appeared in 124 games with Toronto during its inaugural season and he played in 81 games with the Jays in '78 before being dealt to the Astros. Ashby spent parts of 11 seasons with Houston and is one of only 11 catchers in baseball history to catch three no-hitters.

Ashby's career in Toronto's radio booth is set to begin on March 1, when the Blue Jays' Spring Training opener against the Red Sox is carried live from Dunedin, Fla., on The Fan 590.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.