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Pedro Gomez (journalist)

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Pedro Gomez
Pedro Gomez 2011.jpg
Gomez reporting from Yankee Stadium in 2011
Born(1962-08-20)August 20, 1962
Miami, Florida, U.S.
DiedFebruary 7, 2021(2021-02-07) (aged 58)
EducationMiami-Dade Community College
University of Miami
Occupation
  • Reporter
  • Sports journalist
Years active1985–2021
Spouse(s)Sandra Gomez
Children3

Pedro Gomez (August 20, 1962 – February 7, 2021) was an American sports journalist. He worked as a reporter for ESPN from 2003 to 2021, contributing to the network's SportsCenter show.[1] He was primarily a baseball reporter and was also a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America who cast election votes for the Baseball Hall of Fame. He covered 25 World Series and 22 Major League Baseball All-Star Games.[1]

Early life[edit]

Gomez was the son of Cuban refugees, born just 20 days after his parents arrived in the United States in August 1962, two months before the Cuban Missile Crisis. Gomez attended Coral Park High School in Miami, where he was a year ahead of future major league player Jose Canseco.[2][3] Gomez then went to Miami-Dade Community College (south campus) and the University of Miami.[4]

Career[edit]

Gomez wrote for the The Miami News from 1985 to 1988 and then the The San Diego Union from 1988 to 1990.[5] After years of covering high schools and general assignment sports in Miami, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area,[1] Gomez became a full-time baseball beat writer in 1992, covering the Oakland Athletics for the San Jose Mercury News and The Sacramento Bee from 1990 to 1997.[6] Those Oakland squads featured stars including Rickey Henderson and "Bash Brothers" Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire.[2][7] Gomez said that covering those A's was like "we were traveling with The [Rolling] Stones."[2][7]

Gomez in 2006

Gomez gained much experience during this seven-year period as a newspaper writer. His work in Sacramento, San Jose and later as a national baseball writer and general sports columnist for The Arizona Republic in Phoenix from 1997 to 2003 led to ESPN's hiring of him in 2003 to work at SportsCenter.[6] Gomez specialized in baseball reporting for ESPN[8] and followed Barry Bonds for the better part of three seasons as Bonds pursued Hank Aaron for the all-time MLB home run record.[1] Gomez's favorite event that he covered was Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series, when Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman attempted to catch a foul ball against the Miami Marlins, who went on to score eight times in the inning.[7] In 2016, Gomez went to Cuba to cover an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, the first visit by an MLB club in almost two decades.[9] He also appeared on Baseball Tonight and other studio shows.[3]

Gomez also covered sports other than baseball, including working as a sideline reporter during MLS Cup 2008.[10] He covered a U.S. men's national soccer team in Havana in 2008.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Gomez was married and had three children;[11] he resided in Phoenix, Arizona.[12] His son Rio played college baseball as a left-handed pitcher for the Arizona Wildcats baseball team,[13] before starting a professional baseball career within the Boston Red Sox organization.[14]

Gomez died at his home in Phoenix on February 7, 2021, at age 58.[9][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Pedro Gomez". ESPN Press Room U.S.
  2. ^ a b c Perlman, Jeff (February 17, 2015). "Pedro Gomez". Jeff Perlman. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "ESPN baseball reporter Pedro Gomez dies at age 58". San Francisco Chronicle. February 7, 2021. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  4. ^ Creno, Cathryn (April 26, 2011). "Ahwatukee Life: ESPN baseball reporter anchored in Ahwatukee". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (February 7, 2021). "Pedro Gomez, a longtime ESPN baseball reporter, dies at age 58". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Pedro Gomez News, Videos, Photos, and PodCasts – ESPN". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d "ESPN baseball reporter Pedro Gomez dies at 58". ESPN.com. February 7, 2021. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  8. ^ Yoder, Matt (September 4, 2014). "Real Tweets from Real People – Pedro Gomez's play by play debut". Awful Announcing.
  9. ^ a b Vigdor, Neil (February 8, 2021). "Pedro Gomez, a Pillar of Baseball Coverage for ESPN, Dies at 58". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  10. ^ "ESPN at MLS Cup 2008" (Press release). Major League Soccer. January 23, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  11. ^ Abraham, Peter (February 8, 2021). "Pedro Gomez's kindness, generosity made him different, and makes his loss harder". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 8, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ a b Piecoro, Nick (February 8, 2021). "Former Republic columnist Pedro Gomez dies at 58". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved February 8, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Baseball reporter Pedro Gomez talks role reversal as Arizona fan, father". Pac-12 Networks. June 29, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2021 – via YouTube. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Rio Gomez Amateur, College & Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 7, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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