ESPN Baseball reporter Pedro Gomez died at age 58

Pedro Gomez, an ESPN reporter since 2003 and one of the nation’s biggest baseball journalists, died unexpectedly on Sunday. He was 58.

Gomez, who was based in Phoenix, covered baseball for SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight and other ESPN studio shows, live events and radio. During his 35-year career, he covered more than 25 World Series and more than 20 All-Star Games.

“We are shocked and sad that our friend and colleague Pedro Gomez has passed away,” said Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN and president of sports content. “Pedro was an elite journalist at the highest level and his professional achievements are universally recognized. More importantly, Pedro was a kind, dear friend to all of us. Our hearts are with Pedro’s family and all who are in this Love them in exceptionally difficult times. “

Gomez is survived by his wife, Sandra; Sons, Rio and Dante; And daughter, Sierra.

“Pedro was much more than a media personality,” his family said in a statement. “He was a dad, loving husband, loyal friend, coach and mentor. He was our everything and the greatest confidant of his children.”

Gomez’s son is a box in the Rio Boston Red Sox organization.

The son of Cuban parents who moved to Miami just before he was born, Gomez was part of the network’s 2016 coverage when the Tampa Bay Rays faced the Cuban national team in Havana. He returned his father and brother’s ashes to the family home on that trip. He covered an American men’s national team football match in 2008 in Havana for ESPN and in 1999 an exhibition game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban national team.

In addition, he was an important part of the network’s coverage of Barry Bonds from 2005 to 2007, including chasing Bonds to pass Henry Aaron’s home run record in 2007.

Gomez also did play-by-play for an ESPN baseball game in 2014. He said his favorite event was to cover Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series, when Chicago fan Steve Bartman reached out and attempted to catch a foul ball over the Cubs. Outfielder Moise Alau plays in a playoff game against the Miami Marlins, scoring eight runs in the inning and forcing a Game 7 in the series.

Prior to joining ESPN, Gomez wrote for the Miami News, San Diego Union, San Jose Mercury News, Miami Herald and Sacramento Bee – specializing in baseball coverage – before becoming a columnist and national baseball writer in the Arizona Republic in 1997.

Among the teams he covered as a beat writer were Ricky Henderson, Jose Canseco and Mark McQuire, Oakland Athletics. Gomez once told journalist Jeff Pearlman that it was “we were traveling together.” [Rolling] stone. “

He was an award-winning journalist, including the first for “Discovering the Home I Never New” about his 1999 trip to Cuba on behalf of the Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors Association.

Gomez was a native of Miami, and attended Miami-Dad Community College, where he found his passion for journalism and Miami University.