Analysts Hunter Pence and Bob Walk Join Brendan Burke (Play-by-Play) in MLB Sunday Leadoff Booth
Ahmed Fareed Hosts Pregame Coverage on Peacock at 11:30 a.m. ET, Alongside Former MLB Pitcher & Three-Time All-Star Dan Plesac
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 13, 2023 – The San Francisco Giants visit the Pittsburgh Pirates on MLB Sunday Leadoff this Sunday, July 16, at 12:05 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock in the teams’ first series since MLB’s All-Star break.
The Giants sent two players to Tuesday’s All-Star game, including starting pitcher Alex Cobb and closer Camilo Doval, who is tied for the MLB lead in saves with 26. The Pirates also had two All-Stars this year with starting pitcher Mitch Keller and closer David Bednar representing Pittsburgh in Seattle.
Play-by-play announcer Brendan Burke will be joined in the MLB Sunday Leadoff booth from PNC Park by analysts Hunter Pence and Bob Walk. Game analysis in the MLB Sunday Leadoff booth is provided each week by announcers from the participating teams.
A 14-year MLB veteran as an outfielder, Pence spent parts of eight seasons with the Giants (2012-18, 2020), helping San Francisco win World Series titles in 2012 and 2014. Pence, a four-time All-Star, makes his MLB Sunday Leadoff debut as an analyst this week. He serves as an analyst on MLB Network and as a Giants analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area.
Walk spent 14 years as an MLB pitcher from 1980-1993, including 10 years with the Pirates. He won a World Series as a rookie with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980 and was named an All-Star with the Pirates in 1988. Currently, Walk serves as commentator on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh’s Pirates coverage and is in his 29th year as a member of the Pirates’ broadcast crew. He returns for his fourth appearance on MLB Sunday Leadoff, including the June 4 Cardinals-Pirates matchup earlier this season.
This week’s MLB Sunday Leadoff coverage begins with the pregame show at 11:30 a.m. ET on Peacock. Ahmed Fareed is the pre- and postgame host of MLB Sunday Leadoff and also serves as the in-game reporter.
Eighteen-year MLB veteran and three-time All-Star pitcher Dan Plesac, who is currently an analyst for MLB Network, will serve as this week’s pre- and postgame analyst alongside Fareed.
How to Watch:
|Sun., July 16||MLB Sunday Leadoff Pregame||11:30 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., July 16||Giants vs. Pirates||12:05 p.m.||Peacock|
- Play by Play: Brendan Burke
- Analysts: Hunter Pence and Bob Walk
- Pre- and Postgame Host/In-game Reporter: Ahmed Fareed
- Pre- and Postgame Analyst: Dan Plesac
Beginning on Sunday, April 23, when the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies hosted the Colorado Rockies 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 SVOD service in the United States, including live coverage of 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
|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|