Now batting for MLB Net: Costas


When the MLB Network came calling, Bob Costas couldn't turn away from the opportunity.

The sportscaster has a long history with baseball, on air and in books, with a deep appreciation and passion for its history. The month-old channel run by former CBS exec Tony Petitti asked Costas about six months ago whether he had interest in appearing on it.

"Baseball has always been my favorite sport," the 19-time Emmy winner told reporters Tuesday.

Costas said he was drawn to what the baseball-owned sports channel was doing. And on Tuesday, MLB Network said he would join the channel to host original programming, interview key people in the game and do occasional play-by-play.

"Just about everything I have done in one place or another and enjoy doing is all together in one place here," Costas said.

Today, he is set to interview former New York Yankees and current Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Joe Torre for the debut of "MLB Network Studio 42 With Bob Costas," which will air Thursday. Once he gets going — around the time the 2009 baseball season heats up — he'll do about three programs a month.

The gig won't interfere with his work at NBC Sports, but Costas no longer will work at HBO. (partialdiff)