Baseball journalist and correspondent Pedro Gomez died suddenly February 7 in his Phoenix, Arizona home at the age of 58.  An official cause of death has not been released.

Gomez had been a part of 25 World Series and 22 All Star Games during his career.  The son of Cuban parents, Gomez had the ability to speak to the Latin players in their native Spanish and translate their answers into English.

While working for ESPN, he was a part of the programs “Sports Center”, “Baseball Tonight”, and their Wednesday night Major League Baseball coverage.

Prior to coming to ESPN, Gomez worked for the Arizona Republic, the Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, The Miami Herald, San Diego Union and The Miami News.  A member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Gomez had voting rights to induct nominees into the MLB Hall of Fame.

Gomez was born in Miami the son of Cuban refugees – his parents fled the island nation in 1962.  He majored in journalism at the University of Miami.  He made his first visit to Cuba in 1999 while covering an exhibition game the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban National team.

Predeceased by his father and brother, Pedro Gomez is survived by his wife Sandra and children – Rio, Dante, and Sierra.

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