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Pedro Gomez, a pillar of ESPN’s baseball coverage, dies at 58

Pedro Gomez, a pillar of ESPN's baseball coverage, dies at 58

ESPN and his family said Pedro Gomes, a mainstay in ESPN’s coverage of the major baseball league for most of the past two decades, who has gone from the sports section of newspapers to millions of television screens, died at his home in Phoenix on Sunday. He was 58 years old.

The cause of death was not mentioned by the network that Mr. Gomez is pronounced dead Late Sunday night.

“We are shocked and saddened to find out the death of our friend and colleague Pedro Gomez,” James Pettaro, president of ESPN and Sports Content, said in a statement. Pedro was a journalist of the elite of the highest levels, and his professional achievements are internationally recognized. And most importantly, Pedro was a dear, friendly friend to all of us. Our hearts go out to the Pedro family and everyone who loves him at this very difficult time. “

Greetings to Mr. Gomez, son of Cuban refugees, flowed through the press and professional sports, including from the many franchises of baseball. Ryo Gomes plays Mr. Gomez’s son Salem Red Sox, Which is a branch of the Boston Red Sox League.

“Devastating news about Pedro Gomez,” Jeremy Young, veteran sports reporter and ESPN Fellow, He said on Twitter. “This is a beautiful, kind-hearted, talented person. Very proud of his family.”

Mr. Gomez joined ESPN in April 2003 after spending 18 years as a writer and columnist in baseball, including The Miami Herald in his home country of South Florida, the San Jose Mercury News, Sacramento Bee, and the Arizona Republic.

During his career, he covered 25 world championships and 22 all-star games, according to an ESPN biography, which said he attended the University of Miami and majored in journalism.

Mr. Gomez has also chronicled some sordid episodes of the national pastime. In 2007, there was Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron’s home record under a cloud of doubt about steroid use. There was also the case of Steve Bartman, a Chicago Cubs fan, who deflected a foul during Game 6 of the 2003 National League Series championship, which was won by the then Florida Marlins.

In 2016, it was Mr. Gomez and his son Ryo About ESPN For Father’s Day feature. That same year, he traveled to Cuba to report on an exhibition match between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, the first time a major Major League Baseball team had visited in nearly two decades.

“Absolutely surreal to us Cubans and / or Cuban Americans,” Mr. Gomez said on Twitter on time.

ESPN recalls that during the trip, Mr. Gomez took his father and brother’s ashes to his family’s home.

Mr. Gomez was a member of the American Baseball Writers Association and a voting member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In addition to his son Ryo, his wife Sandra Gomez has survived; Another son, Dante; And her daughter, Sierra.

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