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Costas to call games for TBS in addition to MLB Network

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Bob Costas and Tony Kubek

Bob Costas (left) and Tony Kubek broadcast baseball together for NBC in the 1980s. (NBC Sports Group photo)

Baseball is back and so is Bob Costas, who will be calling games for two networks this season. He is adding broadcasts on the new Tuesday night package that TBS debuts next week to his long-running involvement with MLB Network.

So after doing no games in the coronavirus-truncated 2020 season and only about 10 last year, Costas will be doing play-by-play of upwards of 20 this season between the networks, plus one of the American League divisional playoff series TBS will carry.

His first MLB Network assignment is for the Boston-New York Yankees opener, delayed by a day because of weather concerns and now set for 12:05 p.m. (St. Louis time) Friday. He makes his TBS debut on Tuesday, with the San Diego-San Francisco contest (8:45 p.m.).

Costas plans to call games on TBS through June, then return for the postseason in which in addition to his play-by-play assignment he’ll serve as host of the network’s American League Championship Series coverage.

He has previous relationships with TBS parent company WarnerMedia, now in his second stint with HBO as host of “Back on the Record with Bob Costas.” That is a quarterly show that takes a deeper look into athletics issues of the day and is a successor to the yesteryear “On The Record with Bob Costas.” (The current show received three nominations for this year’s sports Emmy Awards {span}when the contenders were announced Wednesday, including two for commentaries by Costas.)

In addition, he has been serving as an occasional contributor to another Warner outlet, CNN, to provide perspective on sports issues. And last year he served as host of TBS’ NLCS telecasts because of a scheduling quirk affecting regular anchor Ernie Johnson.

”It all fits,” Costas said. “It’s all comfortable.”

Brian Anderson will be TBS’ other baseball play-by-play announcer this season, with Ron Darling and Jeff Francoeur taking turns as the analyst on the Tuesday games that replace the network’s former Sunday afternoon schedule.

The pregame and postgame shows will be hosted by Johnson or Lauren Shehadi, with commentary from former players Pedro Martinez, Jimmy Rollins and Curtis Granderson.

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