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Thursday, April 20th, 2023
FIRST PITCH! PEACOCK’S MLB SUNDAY LEADOFF DEBUTS THIS SUNDAY, APR. 23, AT 12:05 P.M. ET WITH NL CHAMPION PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES HOSTING COLORADO ROCKIES
Matt Vasgersian to Call Peacock MLB Sunday Leadoff Opener Joined in Booth by Dexter Fowler and Ruben Amaro Jr.
NBC Sports’ Ahmed Fareed Hosts Pregame Coverage on Peacock at 11:30 a.m. ET, Alongside Former World Series Champion Nick Swisher
Sunday’s Game Kicks Off MLB Sunday Leadoff’s Second Season with Exclusive Slate of 19 Live Sunday Morning MLB Games on Peacock
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 20, 2023 – MLB Sunday Leadoff, Peacock’s exclusive package of Sunday morning Major League Baseball games, debuts its slate of 19 live games this Sunday, April 23, with the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies hosting the Colorado Rockies at 12:05 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock.
Play-by-play announcer Matt Vasgersian will call Sunday’s MLB Sunday Leadoff season opener from Philadelphia’s Citizen Bank Park, joined in the booth by Dexter Fowler and Ruben Amaro Jr.. Game analysis in the MLB Sunday Leadoff booth each week will be provided by announcers from the participating teams.
Fowler, who retired as a player after last season, had a 14-year MLB career as an outfielder. He spent his first six seasons (2008-13) with the Rockies and was named an All-Star in 2016 with the Cubs while helping Chicago win their first World Series title since 1908 that season.
An eight-year MLB veteran as an outfielder, Amaro spent five seasons with the Phillies (1992-93, 1996-98) and was part of Philadelphia’s National League pennant-winning team in 1993. After retiring in 1998, Amaro Jr. joined the Phillies’ front office and served as the organization’s general manager from 2009-15. Amaro Jr. currently serves as a Phillies analyst for NBC Sports Philadelphia and called last season’s Phillies-Nationals game (June 19, 2022) in the MLB Sunday Leadoff booth.
This week’s MLB Sunday Leadoff coverage begins with the pregame show at 11:30 a.m. ET on Peacock. NBC Sports’ Ahmed Fareed is the pre- and postgame host of MLB Sunday Leadoff and also serves as the in-game reporter.
Former All-Star and World Series champion Nick Swisher, who had a 12-year MLB career, returns to MLB Sunday Leadoff as this week’s pre- and postgame analyst alongside Fareed.
How to Watch:
|Sun., Apr. 23||MLB Sunday Leadoff Pregame||11:30 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., Apr. 23||Rockies vs. Phillies||12:05 p.m.||Peacock|
- Play by Play: Matt Vasgersian
- Analysts: Dexter Fowler and Ruben Amaro Jr.
- Pre- and Postgame Host/In-game Reporter: Ahmed Fareed
- Pre- and Postgame Analyst: Nick Swisher
Beginning this Sunday, April 23, with the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies hosting the Colorado Rockies at 12:05 p.m. ET from Citizens Bank Park, Peacock will stream an NBC Sports-produced baseball game live in 19 of 20 weeks. Each game will feature NBC Sports-produced pre- and post-game shows on Peacock.
On each of the 19 Sundays that Peacock presents a game, it will be scheduled as the exclusive home of live MLB action until 1:35 p.m. ET that day, when the remainder of the day’s schedule will begin. The package will include start times of 11:35 a.m. ET (six games), 12:05 p.m. ET (10 games), and 1:05 p.m. ET (three games).
The MLB Sunday Leadoff package began in 2022 with 18 exclusive Sunday morning games on Peacock, continuing NBC Sports’ storied baseball tradition. The first Major League Baseball television broadcast was a 1939 Cincinnati Reds-Brooklyn Dodgers doubleheader on W2XBS (the precursor to WNBC-TV) in New York.
NBC Sports was a home to the first World Series broadcast in 1947, the first All-Star Game nationally broadcast in 1952, and has televised 39 World Series – more than any other network. Additionally, from 1957-2000, NBC Sports was home to a wealth of baseball programming, including Game of the Week and Monday Night Baseball telecasts, more than 30 All-Star Games, and countless Postseason moments.
Peacock’s expansive programming offers the most live sports of any direct-to-consumer streaming service in the United States, featuring live coverage including Sunday Night Football, Olympic Games, Premier League, Notre Dame Football, NASCAR, NTT IndyCar Series, Big Ten football (beginning in September), and much more. Peacock also offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel.
To learn more about Peacock and MLB Sunday Leadoff, including how to sign up, click here.
2023 MLB Sunday Leadoff Schedule on Peacock
|April 23||12:05 p.m.||Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies|
|April 30||12:05 p.m.||Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins|
|May 7||11:35 a.m.||Baltimore Orioles at Atlanta Braves*|
|May 14||11:35 a.m.||Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Guardians|
|May 21||11:35 a.m.||New York Yankees at Cincinnati Reds|
|May 28||11:35 a.m.||Los Angeles Dodgers at Tampa Bay Rays|
|June 4||11:35 a.m.||St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates|
|June 11||11:35 a.m.||Arizona Diamondbacks at Detroit Tigers|
|June 18||1:05 p.m.||Baltimore Orioles at Chicago Cubs|
|July 2||12:05 p.m.||Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles|
|July 9||12:05 p.m.||Texas Rangers at Washington Nationals|
|July 16||12:05 p.m.||San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates|
|July 23||12:05 p.m.||San Diego Padres at Detroit Tigers|
|July 30||12:05 p.m.||Los Angeles Angels at Toronto Blue Jays|
|August 6||12:05 p.m.||Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Guardians|
|August 13||12:05 p.m.||Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox|
|August 20||1:05 p.m.||Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros|
|August 27||12:05 p.m.||Los Angeles Angels at New York Mets|
|September 3||1:05 p.m.||Philadelphia Phillies at Milwaukee Brewers|
|*Simulstreams live on NBC and Peacock|