Pedro Gomez, an ESPN reporter since 2003 and one of many nation’s foremost baseball journalists, died unexpectedly Sunday. He was 58.
Gomez, who was based mostly in Phoenix, coated baseball for SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, and different ESPN studio exhibits, stay occasions and radio. Throughout his 35-year profession, he coated greater than 25 World Sequence and greater than 20 All-Star Video games.
“We’re shocked and saddened to study that our good friend and colleague Pedro Gomez has handed away,” mentioned Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN and Sports activities Content material. “Pedro was an elite journalist on the highest stage and his skilled accomplishments are universally acknowledged. Extra importantly, Pedro was a form, pricey good friend to us all. Our hearts are with Pedro’s household and all who love him at this terribly troublesome time.”
Gomez is survived by his spouse, Sandra, sons Rio and Dante, and daughter Sierra.
“Pedro was way over a media persona,” his household mentioned in a press release. “He was a dad, loving husband, loyal good friend, coach and mentor. He was our every part and his youngsters’ greatest believer.”
The son of Cuban dad and mom who got here to Miami proper earlier than he was born, Gomez was a part of the community’s landmark 2016 protection when the Tampa Bay Rays confronted the Cuban nationwide group in Havana. He returned his father’s and brother’s ashes to the household’s residence on that journey. He additionally coated a U.S. males’s nationwide group soccer match in Havana in 2008 for ESPN, and an exhibition recreation between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban nationwide group in 1999.
As well as, he was an important a part of the community’s protection of Barry Bonds from 2005 to 2007, together with masking Bonds’ chase to cross Henry Aaron’s residence run file in 2007.
Gomez even did play-by-play for an ESPN baseball recreation in 2014. He mentioned his favourite occasion to cowl was Recreation 6 of the 2003 Nationwide League Championship Sequence, when Chicago fan Steve Bartman reached out and tried to catch a foul ball over Cubs outfielder Moises Alou in a playoff recreation in opposition to the Miami Marlins, who went on to attain eight runs within the inning and power a Recreation 7 within the collection.
Previous to becoming a member of ESPN, Gomez wrote for the Miami Information, the San Diego Union, the San Jose Mercury Information, Miami Herald and the Sacramento Bee — specializing in baseball protection — earlier than turning into a columnist and nationwide baseball author on the Arizona Republic in 1997.
Among the many groups he coated as a beat author have been the Oakland Athletics of Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, amongst others. Gomez as soon as advised journalist Jeff Pearlman that it was like “we have been touring with The [Rolling] Stones.”
He was an award-winning journalist, together with a first-place award from the Arizona Related Press Managing Editors’ Affiliation for “Discovering the House I By no means Knew” about his 1999 journey to Cuba.
Gomez was a local of Miami, and attended the Miami-Dade Group School, the place he discovered his ardour for journalism, and the College of Miami.