ESPN baseball reporter Pedro Gomez dies at 58

Pedro Gomez, an ESPN reporter since 2003 and one of the vital nation’s essential baseball reporters, died swiftly Sunday. He used to be 58.

Gomez, who used to be based totally in Phoenix, lined baseball for SportsMiddle, Baseball Tonight and different ESPN studio displays, are living occasions and radio. During his 35-year profession, he lined greater than 25 World Series and greater than 20 All-Star Games.

“We are stunned and saddened to be informed that our buddy and colleague Pedro Gomez has gave up the ghost,” mentioned Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content. “Pedro used to be an elite journalist on the perfect stage and his skilled accomplishments are universally known. More importantly, Pedro used to be a type, expensive buddy to us all. Our hearts are with Pedro’s circle of relatives and all who love him at this extremely tricky time.”

Gomez is survived via his spouse, Sandra; sons, Rio and Dante; and daughter, Sierra.

“Pedro used to be excess of a media persona,” his circle of relatives mentioned in a observation. “He used to be a dad, loving husband, unswerving buddy, trainer and mentor. He used to be our the whole lot and his children’ greatest believer.”

Gomez’s son Rio is a tumbler within the Boston Red Sox group.

“Our hearts pass out to the Gomez circle of relatives,” the team tweeted Sunday night time.

The son of Cuban folks who went to Miami proper earlier than he used to be born, Gomez used to be a part of ESPN’s landmark 2016 protection when the Tampa Bay Rays confronted the Cuban nationwide staff in Havana. He returned his father’s and brother’s ashes to the circle of relatives’s house on that travel. He additionally lined a U.S. males’s nationwide staff football fit in Havana in 2008 for ESPN, and an exhibition sport between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban nationwide staff in 1999.

Gomez used to be 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 house run document in 2007.

Gomez additionally did play-by-play for an ESPN 3-hitter in 2014. He mentioned his favourite match to hide used to be Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series, when Chicago fan Steve Bartman reached out and tried to catch a bad ball over Cubs outfielder Moises Alou within the playoff sport towards the Miami Marlins, who went on to attain 8 runs within the inning and drive a Game 7 within the sequence.

Prior to becoming a member of ESPN, Gomez wrote for the Miami News, the San Diego Union, the San Jose Mercury News, Miami Herald and the Sacramento Bee — that specialize in baseball protection — earlier than changing into a columnist and nationwide baseball creator on the Arizona Republic in 1997.

Arizona Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall tweeted that Gomez “exemplified elegance and dignity always.”

“He used to be a professional and our recreation will pass over him dearly,” Hall wrote.

Among the groups Gomez lined as a beat creator 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 used to be like “we have been touring with The [Rolling] Stones.”

The Athletics tweeted their condolences Sunday night time, writing, “Our hearts pass out to his friends and family throughout this tough time. We’ll pass over you, Pedro.”

Major League Baseball, former supervisor and participant Ozzie Guillen, and avid gamers together with Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich and Houston Astros 3rd baseman Alex Bregman memorialized Gomez, as neatly.

Gomez used to be an award-winning journalist, together with a first-place award from the Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors’ Association for “Discovering the Home I Never Knew,” about his 1999 travel to Cuba.

Gomez used to be a local of Miami and attended the Miami-Dade Community College, the place he discovered his hobby for journalism, and the University of Miami.