ESPN’s Pedro Gomez is 58 years previous
Veteran ESPN SportsCenter reporter Pedro Gomez died suddenly on Sunday. He was 58 years old.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn that our friend and colleague Pedro Gomez has passed away,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN, in a statement. “Pedro was an elite journalist at the highest level and his professional achievements are widely recognized. More importantly, Pedro was a kind, dear friend to all of us. Our hearts go out to Pedro’s family and everyone who loves him during this extremely difficult time. “
“Pedro was far more than a media personality,” his family told ESPN in a statement. “He was a father, loving husband, loyal friend, trainer and mentor. He was our all and the greatest believer in his children. “
Gomez joined ESPN in April 2003 as a reporter for ESPN and was a correspondent on SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, and other studio shows. For much of 2005 and 2006, his full-time assignment was covering Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants (who are holding spring training in Phoenix), his quest for Babe Ruth’s homerun brand, and the vortex of controversy surrounding Bonds’ use of steroids .
A member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and a voting member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Gomez joined ESPN from the Republic of Arizona, where he has been a sports columnist and national baseball writer since 1997. Prior to that, he was the Oakland Athletics Beatwriter for the San Jose Mercury News and then for the Sacramento Bee.
Gomez’s son Rio is a pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization.