Veteran infielder Geoff Blum is expected to announce his retirement from baseball soon, as he will hang up his uniform in exchange for a spot in the Houston Astros' broadcast booth, reports Brian McTaggert of MLB.com:
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...
An official announcement could come next week.
Including his two stints with the Astros -- with whom he spent the most time -- Blum played for six different organizations in his 14 years of Major League Baseball. The switch-hitting infielder began his career with the Montreal Expos, then bounced around to Houston, Tampa Bay, and Chicago -- where he earned a World Series ring -- before finding his way back to Texas.
The 39-year-old capped off the final two seasons of his career in a part-time role with the Arizona DIamondbacks. He appeared in just 40 games over the last two years because of knee, hand, and abdomen injuries, hitting .195/.267/.312 in 86 plate appearances.
The archetypal replacement-level player, Blum amassed just 1.6 bWAR in his decade-plus of big-league ball -- never once reaching 2.0 WAR in a season. He retires as a .250/.310/.384 hitter and falls a single long-ball shy of 100 for his career.