MLB Sunday Leadoff
MLB Sunday Leadoff logo 2022.svg
Also known asMLB on NBC
MLB on Peacock
GenreBaseball telecasts
Presented byAhmed Fareed
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
Production
Production locationsVarious MLB stadiums (game telecasts)
NBC Sports Headquarters, Stamford, Connecticut (studio segments, pregame and postgame shows)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time180 minutes (varies depending on game length)
Production companyNBC Sports
Release
Original networkPeacock
NBC (select games only)
Original releaseMay 8, 2022 (2022-05-08) –
present
Chronology
Related showsMajor League Baseball on NBC

MLB Sunday Leadoff is an American presentation of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by NBC Sports for the NBCUniversal-owned streaming service Peacock.

Peacock's coverage will include 18 Sunday regular season games during the 2022 MLB season, which will all have an 11:30 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. ET start time. It is NBC Sports' first national MLB package since 2000.

History

See also: History of Major League Baseball on NBC

In March 2022, it was reported by The Wall Street Journal that NBC Sports was finalizing an agreement to establish a new package of Sunday afternoon games beginning in the 2022 MLB season. The package would be a successor to TBS's previous Sunday afternoon package during the later half of the season; as part of a contract renewal, TBS replaced these games with a new Tuesday night package across the entire regular season.[1]

As a prelude to the deal, Peacock had exclusively aired a June 2021 series between the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants. It was co-produced by NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports Philadelphia, and featured a broadcast team led by the Giants' lead play-by-play announcer Jon Miller and his partner Mike Krukow, joined by the Phillies' analysts John Kruk and Jimmy Rollins.[2][3]

NBC formally announced the deal on April 6, with a reported value of $30 million per-season.[4][5] As part of the agreement, Peacock will also carry the All-Star Futures Game, as well as an MLB content hub featuring classic games and other video content.[5][6]

On April 13, 2022, NBC Sports announced that the games would be branded as MLB Sunday Leadoff.[7]

The inaugural broadcast was a game featuring the Chicago White Sox at the Boston Red Sox on May 8.[4] The game was also simulcast on the NBC broadcast network, marking its first MLB broadcast since Game 6 of the 2000 American League Championship Series on October 17, 2000, and its first regular season MLB broadcast since September 29, 1995.[4][5] All other games will be exclusive to Peacock Premium subscribers. Internationally, MLB Sunday Leadoff games are available live and on demand on the MLB.TV subscription service.

Production

The broadcasts were described as aiming for a "hyper-local telecast with a national flair". The games' on-air presentation builds upon that of NBC Sports' regional MLB coverage.[8] Former Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully (who served as NBC's lead play-by-play commentator for its MLB coverage from 1983 to 1989) narrated a special introduction for the first broadcast, emphasizing NBC's history as an MLB broadcaster (including its historic Game of the Week broadcasts).[9]

Personnel

See also: List of Major League Baseball on NBC broadcasters and List of current Major League Baseball broadcasters

Jason Benetti (who calls Chicago White Sox games for NBC Sports Chicago, and also worked NBC's telecasts of baseball during the 2020 Summer Olympics)[10] served as the lead by-play announcer for the first season, joined by rotating analysts from each participating team.[11][12][9] Ahmed Fareed will serve as the studio host.[13]

With Benetti joining Fox Sports in August 2022, NBC will look for a new play-by-play man for their second season.

Schedule

The 2022 schedule has 23 of the 30 teams within MLB appearing at least once. Not appearing are the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, and Texas Rangers.

The games have an exclusive midday window, with the first games carrying an 11:30 a.m. ET scheduling, and later games having an 12:00 p.m. ET scheduling; on days scheduled for games on Peacock, no other MLB games will begin until at least 1:30 p.m. ET.[4][5]

2022 MLB Sunday Leadoff games
Date Visiting team Home team Color commentators Ref.
May 8 Chicago White Sox Boston Red Sox Steve Stone (White Sox), Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox) [14]
May 15 San Diego Padres Atlanta Braves Mark Sweeney (Padres), Andruw Jones (Braves) [15]
May 22 St. Louis Cardinals Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Edmonds (Cardinals), Bob Walk (Pirates) [16]
May 29 San Francisco Giants Cincinnati Reds Jon Miller (Giants, play-by-play)α, Shawn Estes (Giants), Barry Larkin (Reds) [17]
June 5 Detroit Tigers New York Yankees Jack Morris (Tigers), John Flaherty (Yankees) [18]
June 12 Oakland Athletics Cleveland Guardians Dallas Braden (Athletics), Rick Manning (Guardians)
June 19 Philadelphia Phillies Washington Nationals Ruben Amaro Jr. (Phillies), Kevin Frandsen (Nationals)
June 26 New York Mets Miami Marlins Cliff Floyd (Mets/Marlins), Tommy Hutton (Marlins)
July 3 Kansas City Royals Detroit Tigers No commentators β
July 10 Los Angeles Angels Baltimore Orioles Mark Gubicza (Angels), Ben McDonald (Orioles)
July 16 2022 All-Star Futures Game Scott Braun (play-by-play), Yonder Alonso (analyst), Jim Callis (analyst) and AJ Andrews (reporter) [19]
July 17 Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays Rex Hudler (Royals), Dan Plesac (Blue Jays)
July 24 Chicago Cubs Philadelphia Phillies

Ryan Sweeney (Cubs), John Kruk (Phillies)

July 31 Detroit Tigers Toronto Blue Jays Dan Petry (Tigers), Pat Tabler (Blue Jays)
August 7 Houston Astros Cleveland Guardians Geoff Blum (Astros), Rick Manning (Guardians)
August 14 San Diego Padres Washington Nationals Mark Grant (Padres), Kevin Frandsen (Nationals)
August 21 Chicago White Sox Cleveland Guardians Postponed (Weather)
August 28 Los Angeles Dodgers Miami Marlins Gaby Sanchez (Marlins), Tommy Hutton (Dodgers/Marlins)
September 4 Toronto Blue Jays Pittsburgh Pirates Kevin Barker (Blue Jays), Bob Walk (Pirates)

Source:[20]

Notes

Jon Miller filled in for primary play-by-play voice Jason Benetti, who instead called the Crosstown Classic between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox on NBC Sports Chicago.
While there wasn’t a regular commentary team, Ahmed Fareed, Craig Monroe, and Britney Eurton did select commentary, mostly interviews, during the broadcast.

See also

References

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