Analysts Mark Gubicza and Joe Siddall 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 All-Star Dexter Fowler
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 27, 2023 – 2021 AL MVP Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels visit three-time All-Star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays on MLB Sunday Leadoff this Sunday, July 30, at 12:05 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock.
An All-Star each of the past three seasons, Ohtani leads MLB in home runs (36) and WAR (Wins Above Replacement, 6.8), and is tied for third in RBIs (77) this season. As a pitcher, Ohtani has compiled a 9-5 record with a 3.43 ERA and 156 strikeouts over 20 starts in 2023.
Play-by-play announcer Brendan Burke will be joined in the MLB Sunday Leadoff booth from Rogers Centre by analysts Mark Gubicza and Joe Siddall. Game analysis in the MLB Sunday Leadoff booth is provided each week by announcers from the participating teams.
Gubicza, a 14-year MLB veteran as a pitcher with the Royals and Angels, was a two-time All-Star (1988, 1989) and was part of Kansas City’s World Series-winning team in 1985. Gubicza serves as an Angels analyst on Bally Sports West and has called two Angels games on Peacock, including this seasons’ Angels-Guardians game on May 14.
Siddall, a native of Canada, played four seasons in the majors as a catcher with Montreal (1993, 1995), Florida (1996), and Detroit (1998). He currently serves as a Blue Jays analyst on SportsNet and will make his debut in the MLB Sunday Leadoff booth this weekend.
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.
Dexter Fowler, who retired as a player after last season following a 14-year MLB career as an outfielder, will serve as this week’s pre- and postgame analyst alongside Fareed. Fowler spent the 2021 season with the Angels and was named an All-Star in 2016 with the Cubs while helping Chicago win their first World Series title since 1908 that season.
How to Watch:
|Sun., July 30||MLB Sunday Leadoff Pregame||11:30 a.m.||Peacock|
|Sun., July 30||Angels vs. Blue Jays||12:05 p.m.||Peacock|
- Play by Play: Brendan Burke
- Analysts: Mark Gubicza and Joe Siddall
- Pre- and Postgame Host/In-game Reporter: Ahmed Fareed
- Pre- and Postgame Analyst: Dexter Fowler
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 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|