From BR Bullpen
Alan Dean Ashby (Buns)
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.
- School Los Angeles Harbor Community College
- High School San Pedro High School
- Debut July 3, 1973
- Final Game May 9, 1989
- Born July 8, 1951 in Long Beach, CA USA
 Biographical Information
Ashby was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the third round of the 1969 amateur draft and reached the majors with the team in 1973. Following the 1976 season, on November 5th, he became the first player acquired via trade by the expansion Toronto Blue Jays when he was dealt for Al Fitzmorris. He was a regular behind the plate in the Jays' inaugural campaign but hit just .210 with 2 home runs.
Following the 1978 season, Ashby was traded to the Astros for three players. He was the club's regular behind the plate for most of the next decade, and during that time he caught three no-hitters: one by Ken Forsch, one by Nolan Ryan, and a third by Mike Scott (which was also the 1986 NL West division-clinching win). He had his best year at the plate in 1987, when he posted career-highs in batting average (.288), home runs (14), and runs batted in (63). However, by 1989, Craig Biggio had taken over as the Houston backstop, and Ashby was let go by the team after hitting only .164 in 22 games that year.
After his playing days, Ashby was sports anchor at a Houston television station from 1990 to 1992. He returned to the diamond as manager of the Rio Grande Valley White Wings in the Texas-Louisiana League in 1994 and 1995 and managed the Kissimmee Cobras in 1996. He was the Astros bullpen coach in 1997, and from 1998 to 2005, he was a radio broadcaster for the team. Since 2007, he has been a radio play-by-play announcer and analyst for the Blue Jays.
Ashby earned the nickname "Buns" from the ladies employed in the secretarial pool in the Blue Jays front office in the 1970's, as they admired his rear. Bob McCown also worked with the Jays at that time and kept the name alive. The nickname also followed Ashby to Houston after he left the Jays.
 Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1994||Rio Grande Valley White Wings||Texas-Louisiana League||40-48||Independent Leagues|
|1995||Rio Grande Valley White Wings||Texas-Louisiana League||53-46||Independent Leagues|
|1996||Kissimmee Cobras||Florida State League||60-75||12th||Houston Astros|