Gomez attended Coral Park High School with Jose Canseco in Miami, as well as Miami-Dade Community College (south campus) and the University of Miami.
According to ESPN, Gomez started his career with ESPN in 2003. He was previously a sports columnist and baseball writer for the Arizona Republic newspaper. During his 35-year career, he covered more than 25 World Series and more than 20 All-Star Games.
Gomez was part of ESPN’s landmark 2016 coverage when the Tampa Bay Rays faced the Cuban national team in Havana. He returned his father’s and brother’s ashes to the family’s home on that trip. He also covered a U.S. men’s national team soccer match in Havana in 2008 for ESPN and an exhibition game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban national team in 1999.
Gomez was a vital part of the network’s coverage of Barry Bonds from 2005 to 2007, including covering Bonds’ chase to pass Henry Aaron’s home run record in 2007.
Pedro Gomez Wife, Children
He was married and had three children. Gomez is survived by his wife, Sandra; sons, Rio and Dante; and daughter, Sierra. A son, Rio, played college baseball as a left-handed pitcher for the Arizona Wildcats baseball team, before starting a professional baseball career within the Boston Red Sox organization. Gomez died on February 7, 2021.
Cause of Death
It was revealed that Gomez died at his home.
“Pedro was far more than a media personality. He was a Dad, loving husband, loyal friend, coach and mentor,” the Gomez family said in a statement to ESPN. “He was our everything and his kids’ biggest believer. He died unexpectedly at home this afternoon.”
His page retweeted a Super Bowl post nine hours before news of his death broke.
Tributes flowed into social media for Gomez. Here are some of the reactions on social media:
ESPN’s Bob Ley wrote, “More than an elite journalist, Pedro Gomez was a good and decent man, so proud of his family, and his heritage. His loss is a hammer blow to all who knew this life force. Send one up tonight for his family and friends.
ESPN’s Dan Shulman wrote, “Incredibly sad news. Loved his job, loved life. Always had a smile on his face. Deepest condolences to his family.”
“This just shut down everything tonight. Pedro was the kindest soul, a relentlessly hard worker and always upbeat ready to tackle a story. He was a friend who loved baseball and his family more than anything. Prayers to them right now,” wrote Britt McHenry of Fox News.
Steve Gardner, a sports reporter for USA Today, wrote, “This is just horrible news. Pedro was incredibly kind and welcoming to me when I first started covering MLB games. I will always remember his kindness and his baseball knowledge. He will be missed terribly. Prayers go out to his family and his ESPN family.”
“A husband, father, friend and respected colleague. So, so sad. Pedro was able to laugh at himself and make others laugh. A storyteller whose friendship was a gift. A great teammate. Thoughts to his wife and children. Just awful news” wrote ESPN’s Karl Ravech.