Pedro Gomez, a longtime baseball correspondent for ESPN who coated greater than 25 World Collection, has died. He was 58.
Gomez died unexpectedly at house Sunday, his household mentioned in an announcement. No explanation for loss of life was given.
“Pedro was way over a media persona. He was a Dad, loving husband, loyal pal, coach and mentor,” the Gomez household added. “He was our every thing and his children’ greatest believer.”
Gomez joined ESPN as a Phoenix-based reporter in 2003 after being a sports activities columnist and nationwide baseball author at The Arizona Republic since 1997. He was finest identified on the community for his protection of Barry Bonds and his pursuit of the home-run file through the steroid controversy.
He was a correspondent on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” “Baseball Tonight” and extra exhibits, together with the community’s “Wednesday Evening Baseball” bundle.
“We’re shocked and saddened to study that our pal and colleague Pedro Gomez has handed away,” ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro mentioned in an announcement on Twitter and the community’s public relations web page. “Pedro was an elite journalist on the highest stage and his skilled accomplishments are universally acknowledged. Extra importantly, Pedro was a form, pricey pal to us all. Our hearts are with Pedro’s household and all who love him at this terribly troublesome time.”
Gomez grew up in Miami, and mentioned the best sport he remembered from his childhood was the San Diego Chargers win over the Miami Dolphins in a 1981 AFC divisional playoff sport. He attended the College of Miami and majored in journalism.
His dad and mom fled Cuba for the US in 1962. Gomez was a part of ESPN’s protection in 2016 when the Tampa Bay Rays confronted the Cuban nationwide group, and shared the story of taking his father and brother’s ashes to Cuba.
Whereas the go to to Cuba was certainly one of his extra emotional assignments, he as soon as mentioned in a community bio that his favourite occasion he coated was Sport 6 of the 2003 Nationwide League Championship Collection between the Florida Marlins and Chicago Cubs.
Mentioned Gomez: “After Steve Bartman’s try and catch the foul ball over Cubs left fielder Moises Alou, producer Jim Witalka and I had been whisked from behind the Cubs dugout, the place we had been on the point of do on-field interviews with the NL Champs for the primary time since 1908, to just about the identical spot behind the Marlins dugout, the place we noticed Josh Beckett racing forwards and backwards from the clubhouse to the dugout whereas chugging beers and saying, ‘Rally Beers, Pedro.’ It was a memorable evening at Chicago’s venerable Wrigley Area.”
Gomez additionally labored for the Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury Information, The Miami Herald, San Diego Union and The Miami Information. He was a member of the Baseball Writers Affiliation of America and was a Baseball Corridor of Fame voter.
His loss of life introduced plenty of response all through social media.
“Greater than an elite journalist, Pedro Gomez was a superb and first rate man, so happy with his household, and his heritage,” mentioned former “SportsCenter” anchor Bob Ley. “His loss is a hammer blow to all who knew this life drive.”
Mentioned ESPN’s Jorge Sedano: “I’m eternally grateful for his friendship. He was a trailblazing journalist. He opened the door for Latinos in sports activities television. I can’t even clarify how unhappy I’m proper now.”
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