NLDS Game 3: Costas to Call Cardinals and Nationals Game

James Williams@WordmandcAnalyst IIIOctober 8, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 23:  NBC Commentator Bob Costas reports from the sidelines before the New Orleans Saints host the Indianapolis Colts at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 23, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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After a 12 year absence Bob Costas will make his return to postseason baseball as he and analyst Jim Kaat will call Game 3 of the Nationals and Cardinals National League Division Series. The game will air at 1 p.m. ET on the MLB Network. It will mark the first post season game played in Washington since 1933.

Costas last did a postseason game in 1999 for NBC. He and partner Joe Morgan called the World Series as the Yankees beat the Braves in a four game sweep. The 60 year old Costas, winner of 23 Emmy Awards, is considered by most television experts to be one of the best baseball broadcasters of all time.

In 2000 the Major League Baseball Game of the Week left NBC for FOX and Costas was gone from baseball broadcasting until joining the MLB Network in 2009 where he has done a handful of Thursday Night Game of the Week broadcasts each year for the channel.          

Costas, Kaat and in-game reporter Sam Ryan will be doing the network’s second League Division Series game. They aired Sunday’s Detroit home victory over Oakland marking the MLB Network’s first ever post season telecast.

As part of the new $12.4 billion dollar television contract between Major League Baseball and FOX, TBS and ESPN, MLB Network is allowed to air two League Divisional Series games per year through 2021.      

The MLB Network can be seen in about 70 million homes nationally compared to the 100 million cable homes reached by TBS and ESPN.

The good news is that the network can be seen on Comcast, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Verizon Fios and Dish Network. The large footprint of the network throughout the Midwest means that most cable subscribers will be able to see the game without any issues.

Should you have any questions check the MLB Network website for a handy channel locator.