Milo Hamilton began his broadcasting career in the Three-I League in Davenport, Iowa in 1950, and now enters his 28th season as the radio voice of the Astros and his 58th season in the Major Leagues. He is the recipient of the 1992 Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and is also enshrined in four other halls of fame. Hamilton has been at the microphone for 11 no-hitters, Roger Maris’ 61st home run in 1961 and Henry Aaron’s historic 715th home run in 1974. Since joining the Astros, Hamilton called Nolan Ryan’s 4,000th career strikeout in 1985, Barry Bonds’ Major League record-tying 70th home run in 2001, and Craig Biggio’s 3,000th hit in 2007.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was rated the No. 28 prospect in the Astros system prior to 2011 (Baseball America), but enjoyed a breakout season that included his Major League debut. After starting the season with Class-A Advanced Lancaster (52 G, .408, 5 HR, 34 RBI), Altuve moved on to Double-A Corpus Christi (35 G, .361, 5 HR, 25 RBI) before a promotion to Houston in mid-July. He stayed with Houston as the regular second baseman the remainder of the season, batting .276 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 57 games. Standing five-feet, seven-inches tall, Altuve was the shortest player on an active Major League roster in 2011. He is a native of Maracay, Venezuela.
Astros relief pitcher David Carpenter made his Major League debut with Houston June 30, posting a 1-3 record and 2.93 ERA in 34 appearances. Carpenter started 2011 with Double-A Corpus Christi, and following 14 appearances was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. With the RedHawks, Carpenter pitched 19 scoreless innings over 19 appearances with six walks and 21 strikeouts before the promotion to Houston. Carpenter started his career as a catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization before converting to the mound. He joined the Astros in a trade with St. Louis in August of 2010. Carpenter is a native of Fairmont, W.Va.