Baseball World Says Goodbye to Pedro Gomez
Pedro Gomez, a name recognized widely across ESPN and the Major League Baseball community, died on Sunday. He was 58.
Gomez was much more than just a baseball reporter; Gomez was a lively personality who brought energy and intrigue to whatever he was covering. On television, Gomez did an incredible job building a relationship with viewers at home and giving them the information they needed.
Pedro Gomez Early Life
Of Cuban descent, Gomez was a native of Miami, Florida, and attended Coral Park High School in Miami.
“His parents came here from Cuba; that was an incredibly important part of his life,” said ESPN’s Mike Greenberg.
Gomez started taking a liking to cover sports when he attended both Miami-Dade College and the University of Miami, where he studied journalism. For every college student out there with hopes of breaking into journalism and sports, if you can accomplish half of the things Gomez accomplished, you would have done very well.
Not only was Gomez beloved by his colleagues and ESPN viewers, but Gomez also built a relationship with managers and players across the league. Star players like former MVP Christian Yelich, Astros Star Alex Bregman, Marcus Stroman, and Luis Gonzalez, to name a few, took to Twitter to pay their respects to Gomez. Gomez was so well known and well-liked across the sports world that not only did baseball organizations and players pay their respects to Gomez, colleagues, and athletes in other sports such as the NFL even took to Twitter to remember Gomez.
ESPN Chairman Responds to Passing of Pedro Gomez
The death of Gomez was a shock to absolutely everyone, including his team at ESPN.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn that our friend and colleague Pedro Gomez has passed away,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman of ESPN. “Pedro was an elite journalist at the highest level, and his professional accomplishments are universally recognized. More importantly, Pedro was a kind, dear friend to us all. Our hearts are with Pedro’s family and all who love him at this extraordinarily difficult time.”
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Gomez Leaves Behind his Wife and Three Children
Gomez’s unexpected death came out of absolutely nowhere as Gomes was still at the top of his game. Gomez leaves his wife Sandra behind and three children. Gomez’s oldest son Rio Gomez is currently a left-handed pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization.
Gomez’s colleague Mike Greenberg tributed the life of Pedro Gomez live on ESPN during his show.
“He was an extremely kind man, and an extraordinary professional all of us at ESPN are thinking of Pedro’s family today,” said Gomez.
Gomez’s Career as a Journalist
As a journalist, Gomez accomplished a great deal at ESPN and other sources such as the Miami Herald. Gomez covered many high-profile MLB games, including All-Star games and the World Series. Gomez ever broadcasted games live on ESPN briefly.
“I’ve known Pedro, I guess, as long as I’ve been at ESPN. He was a magnificent reporter primarily focusing on baseball but covered several things for us extraordinarily well. He was on Mike and Mike all the time, covering all the big baseball stories.”
As we get ready for the 2021 MLB season, the baseball community will miss Pedro Gomez’s presence in the clubhouse, on the field, and in the studio. Gomez will be remembered as one of the kindest, hardworking, and entertaining sports journalists of all time.
The death of Pedro Gomez reminds me of the passing of ESPN anchor Stuart Scott. Both Gomez and Scott were not only great personalities, but they were top of their game and always had accurate information. Growing up watching ESPN, Gomez was a key source of baseball news and a pleasure to listen to.
Rest in Peace, Pedro Gomez.