ESPN Suffered a Heartbreaking Loss Ahead of Super Bowl 55 With Tragic Death of Longtime Reporter Pedro Gomez

Whether he was following Barry Bonds or reporting during soccer games, Pedro Gomez was everywhere for ESPN.

The sports media world is reeling after Gomez, the longtime baseball reporter who had spent nearly 20 years with ESPN, unexpectedly died on February 7. Here is the latest on Gomez’s death.

Pedro Gomez was a longtime baseball reporter at ESPN

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For someone who wasn’t a broadcaster, Pedro Gomez nonetheless served as one of baseball’s most recognizable media faces.

After years at several newspapers, including the Miami Herald and Tbe Sacramento Bee, Gomez joined ESPN in 2003. Gomez appeared on a variety of platforms from SportsCenter to Baseball Tonight.

Before arriving at ESPN, Gomez spent several years covering the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. That time paid off when ESPN put Gomez on the Barry Bonds beat in the mid-2000s.

ESPN tasked Gomez with following Bonds around as the Giants’ outfielder pursued Hank Aaron’s home run record. Bonds became the all-time home run king in August 2007.

In addition to baseball, Gomez also worked soccer games for ESPN. His son, Rio, is a left-handed pitcher in the Red Sox farm system.

Gomez tragically died at age 58

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The baseball world is reeling after Pedro Gomez’s tragic death.

ESPN’s public relations department announced Gomez’s death in a Twitter post.

“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.”

Gomez’s family said he died “unexpectedly.” Neither the family nor ESPN had provided any other details at publication.

The sports world is mourning Pedro Gomez’s death

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ESPN announced Pedro Gomez’s death during Super Bowl 55, and tributes immediately began flooding in.

Karl Ravech, who spent years working with Gomez on Baseball Tonight, eulogized his friend on Twitter.

“Pedro was able to laugh at himself and make others laugh. A story teller whose friendship was a gift. A great teammate. Thoughts to his wife and children. Just awful news.”

Bob Ley, the former SportsCenter host, said Gomez was “more than an elite journalist.”

“Pedro Gomez was a good and decent man, so proud of his family and his heritage,” Ley wrote. “His loss is a hammer blow to all who knew this life force. Send one up tonight for his family friends.”

Gomez covered many New York Yankees games over the years. The Yankees shared their condolences on Twitter.

“He was a dedicated and diligent reporter whose decades of contributions brought texture and life to our great game,” the Yankees wrote.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred had not issued an official statement as of publication. However, the league’s official Twitter account tweeted about Gomez’s death.

“We are shocked and saddened by the passing of national baseball reporter Pedro Gomez,” the league wrote.

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