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MLB players and media pay tribute to fallen reporter Pedro Gomez

Remembrance posts come in across MLB social media for ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez.

The baseball media world suffered a sudden and devastating loss on Feb. 7 with the passing of Pedro Gomez, longtime MLB reporter for SportsCenter.

No details are currently known of Gomez’s death other than he died at his home in Phoenix, AZ. He was 58 years old.

Gomez was hired to be a baseball reporter for SportsCenter in 2003. During his time, Gomez was able to give big coverage to several major events in the sport, including Barry Bonds’ chase for MLB’s all-time home run record and the Florida (now Miami) Marlins’ 2003 National League Championship Series win over the Chicago Cubs — which included the infamous Steve Bartman incident.

MLB players and media members pay their respects to Pedro Gomez

Above his coverage of everything on and off the field, however, plenty in the sport remember Gomez for the professional and kind-hearted man that he was. That was reflected in tributes that poured in for him in the hours since the announcement of his passing.

Prior to his time with ESPN, Gomez started his sports reporting journey with newspapers in Florida and California.

He fully became an MLB beat writer in the early 1990s, covering the Oakland Athletics for the Sacramento Bee and San Jose Mercury News until 1997. This time saw Gomez report on a number of MLB’s noted stars, including the “Bash Brothers” of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, as well as Rickey Henderson.

Gomez then joined the Arizona Republic as a sports columnist from 1997 until his ESPN hiring.

Gomez is survived by his wife, Sandra, and his three children — Rio, Dante and Sierra.




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