An unexpected passing occurred on Sunday for Pedro Gomez, who had been a reporter for ESPN since 2003 and was widely regarded as one of the most prominent baseball journalists in the country. He was 58.
Gomez covered baseball for SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, and a variety of other ESPN studio shows, live events, and radio broadcasts while he was based in Phoenix. He was a sports journalist for more than 35 years and covered more than 25 World Series and more than 20 All-Star Games during that time.
Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman of ESPN and Sports Content, expressed his shock and sadness at the news that their friend and colleague Pedro Gomez had passed away. “We are startled and saddened to discover that Pedro Gomez has passed away,” he stated. “Pedro was a distinguished journalist who worked at the very highest level, and his professional achievements are well known around the world. Most importantly, Pedro was a loving and devoted friend to each and every one of us. During this incomparably trying time, our thoughts and prayers are with Pedro’s family and all those who hold him, dear.”
Sierra, Rio, and Dante are Gomez’s children that survive him, together with his wife Sandra and daughter Sierra.
His family announced in a statement that “Pedro was considerably more than a media star.” “He was a father, a spouse who loved his wife, a devoted friend, a coach, and a mentor. He was the utmost believer in his children and in everything we did.”
Rio Gomez is a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox organisation and is the son of Gomez.
In a message sent out late on Sunday night, the team wrote, “Our hearts go out to the Gomez family.”
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Gomez, who is the son of Cuban parents who moved to Miami just before he was born, was a part of ESPN’s historic coverage in 2016 when the Tampa Bay Rays played the Cuban national team in Havana. His parents moved there immediately before he was born. During that trip, he brought the ashes of his father and sibling back to the house where the family lived. In addition, he covered for ESPN a match between the United States men’s national soccer team and the Cuban national team in Havana in 2008. In 1999, he covered an exhibition game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban national baseball team.
Between the years 2005 and 2007, Gomez was an integral component of the network’s coverage of Barry Bonds, including coverage of Bonds’ attempt to break Henry Aaron’s record for home runs in 2007.
In 2014, Gomez was also a play-by-play announcer for a baseball game that was broadcast on ESPN. He said that his favourite event to cover was Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series when Chicago fan Steve Bartman reached out and attempted to catch a foul ball over Cubs outfielder Moises Alou in the playoff game against the Miami Marlins, who went on to score eight runs in the inning and force a Game 7 in the series. He said that this was his favourite event to cover because it led to the series having to go to a seventh game.
Gomez specialised in covering baseball during his time as a writer for the Miami News, the San Diego Union, the San Jose Mercury News, the Miami Herald, and the Sacramento Bee before becoming a columnist and national baseball writer for the Arizona Republic in 1997. Prior to joining ESPN, Gomez worked as a writer for these newspapers.
Gomez, according to a tweet sent out by the president of the Arizona Diamondbacks, “exemplified class and decency at all times.”
According to Hall wrote, “He was a pro, and our sport will miss him greatly.”
I am so sad over the news of the passing of my longtime friend Pedro Gomez of @espn who exemplified class and dignity at all times. He was a pro and our sport will miss him dearly. RIP good man.
— Derrick Hall (@DHallDbacks) February 8, 2021
As a beat reporter, one of the clubs that Gomez covered was the Oakland Athletics, which included players such as Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, and Mark McGwire, amongst others. Gomez was quoted as saying to journalist Jeff Pearlman that it felt “just like we were travelling with The [Rolling] Stones.”
On Sunday night, the Athletics sent out a tweet expressing their condolences, stating, “During this trying time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of his friends. We’ll miss you, Pedro.”
We are saddened by the passing of our friend Pedro Gomez. He was a fixture in the A’s clubhouse, covering the club for the San Jose Mercury News (1990-94) and Sacramento Bee (1995-97). Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. We’ll miss you, Pedro. pic.twitter.com/NLNhUK3WW0
— Oakland A’s Communications (@AthleticsPR) February 8, 2021
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Major League Baseball, former manager and player Ozzie Guillen, as well as current and past players including Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers and Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros, paid tribute to Gomez as well.
We are shocked and saddened by the passing of national baseball reporter Pedro Gomez. He was 58. pic.twitter.com/FVlcocprIh
— MLB (@MLB) February 8, 2021
Gomez was a journalist who had won multiple awards for his work, one of which being the first-place prize from the Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors’ Association for his piece titled “Discovering the Home I Never Knew,” which was about his trip to Cuba in 1999.
Gomez was born and raised in Miami, and he received his education at the University of Miami and at Miami-Dade Community College, which is where he discovered his love for the field of journalism.