SABR Bio Project
Born: Jul 8, 1951
Catcher Alan Ashby was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays after the 1978 season for pitcher Mark Lemongello, reserve outfielder Joe Cannon and a prospect. It was hoped that Ashby could stabilize a position that had experienced considerable turnover since the departure of Johnny Edwards in 1974.
Although neither a great hitter nor a Gold Glover, Ashby played well enough behind the plate and at the plate to last 11 seasons with the club. His best offensive season was a 14-homer campaign in 1987, and Ashby eventually wound up catching more games than any other player in franchise history. In a cost-cutting move designed to make room for young catcher Craig Biggio, Ashby was released by the team in 1989 after vetoing an earlier trade to Pittsburgh.
After hanging up his spikes, Ashby served as a radio announcer for the Astros from 1997 to 2005, then handled radio duties for the Toronto Blue Jays. He rejoined the Astros in 2013 as a TV commentator.