Pedro Gomez, ESPN reporter since 2003 and one of the nation’s most prominent baseball journalists, died unexpectedly on Sunday. He was 58 years old.
Gomez, who was based in Phoenix, has covered Baseball for SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, and other ESPN studio shows, live events, and radio. During his 35-year career, he has covered more than 25 world championships and over 20 all-star games.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of our friend and colleague Pedro Gomez,” said Jimmy Pettaro, Chairman of ESPN and Sports Content. “Pedro was a journalist of the elite of the highest caliber and his professional accomplishments were universally recognized. Most importantly, Pedro was a dear and friendly friend to all of us. Our hearts are with the Pedro family and all who love him in this very difficult time.”
Gomez survived his wife, Sandra. Sons, Ryo and Dante; And his daughter, Sierra.
“Pedro was more than just a media figure,” his family said in a statement. “He was a father, a loving husband, a loyal friend, a coach and a teacher. He was everything we had and the greatest believer in his children.”
Ryo’s son Gomez is a pitcher in the Boston Red Sox.
“Our hearts are with the Gomez family,” The team tweeted Sunday night.
Gomez, the son of Cuban parents who went to Miami just before he was born, was part of ESPN’s 2016 historical coverage when the Tampa Bay Rays faced the Cuban national team in Havana. He brought the ashes of his father and brother back to the family home on that trip. He has also covered the US men’s national team football game in Havana in 2008 for ESPN, and an exhibition game between Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban national team in 1999.
ESPN’s Pedro Gómez shares his family’s romance with Cuba and discusses the experiences of several Rays players during the trip.
Gomez was a vital part of the network’s coverage of Barry Bonds from 2005 to 2007, including covering the chase after Bonds for passing Henry Aaron’s record on his home turf in 2007.
Gomez even played ESPN baseball in 2014. He said his favorite event to cover is Game 6 of the 2003 National League Series, when Chicago fan Steve Bartman extended his hand and tried to catch a foul ball over the cubs of defending player Moises Alu in the match. The clincher against the Miami Marlins, who scored eight runs in the half and imposed Game 7 in the series.
Prior to joining ESPN, Gomez wrote for the Miami News, San Diego Union, San Jose Mercury News, the Miami Herald, and Sacramento Bee – which specializes in covering baseball – before becoming a columnist and national baseball writer for the Arizona Republic in 1997.
Arizona Diamondbacks president Derek Hall tweeted that Gomez “embodies class and dignity at all times”.
“He was a professional and our sport will miss him a lot,” Hall wrote.
I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of my old friend Pedro Gomez espn Who embodied class and dignity at all times. He was a professional and our sport will miss him a lot. Good man tore.
– Derek Hall (@DHallDbacks) February 8, 2021
Among the teams he covered as a rhythm writer were the Oakland Athletics Team of Ricky Henderson, Jose Canseco, and Mark McGuire, among others. Gomez once told journalist Jeff Perlman that he was like, “We were traveling with The [Rolling] Stones. “
He was an award-winning journalist, including the Arizona Administrative Editors’ Association First Place Award for “Discovering The Home I Never Knew,” for his 1999 trip to Cuba.
Gomez was a native of Miami, attended Miami-Dade Community College, where he found a passion for journalism, and the University of Miami.