Nice gimmick: the Inland Empire 66ers (High Class A; California League) have offered their broadcast position to Bob Costas, who expressed interest in working an entire season in Minor League Baseball.
In a recent interview with sports columnist Joe Posnanski, Costas stated that he still had a dream of calling an entire season of minor league baseball. According to Posnanski, “He (Costas) has often talked about a dream — one he insists he still has, even after hosting all the Olympics and winning all the awards — of broadcasting a full season of minor league baseball somewhere. The draw for him is the preparation, it is getting to know all the players and the manager, it is working through the daily stats and stories, it is about immersing himself in baseball.”
The 66ers were the first MiLB to pounce on the statement, with the team offering up a contract.
“Mr. Costas is a legend and we would be honored to help him fulfill his dream of broadcasting for a minor league team here at San Manuel Stadium,” said 66ers General Manager Joe Hudson.. “Our fans would get a thrill hearing his voice and having him here at the ballpark. Mr. Costas would be very welcomed and we would make sure he feels at home as part of the 66ers organization.”
Costas began his professional broadcasting career as the voice of the Spirit of St. Louis, an ABA franchise filled with colorful characters like “Marvelous” Marvin Barnes, Maurice Lucas and Moses Malone. Since then he’s worked in pro football, NBC’s Game of the Week and various Olympics. His son, Keith Kirby Costas, is named for former Twins great Kirby Puckett.
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