Phoenix-Based Bureau Reporter
Pedro Gomez joined ESPN in April 2003 as a reporter based in Phoenix, and serves as a correspondent on SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight and additional studio shows.
Gomez quickly developed a top-notch and varied MLB on ESPN resume. He has worked on Wednesday Night Baseball and in 2014 made his play-by-play debut on ESPN for a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres. In the mid-2000s Gomez became known for his coverage of Barry Bonds and his quest for Babe Ruth’s record amid the swirling steroid controversy.
Gomez provided personal, passionate reporting for ESPN from MLB’s historic return to Cuba in 2016, giving his own perspective as the son of Cuban refugees and where he was able to take his father’s and brother’s ashes to be left behind in the family’s homeland.
He is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, has covered more than 25 World Series, 22 All-Star Games and is a voting member for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
His favorite event he’s covered for ESPN, Gomez said, is Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series.
Gomez remembers, “After Steve Bartman’s attempt to catch the foul ball over Cubs left fielder Moises Alou, producer Jim Witalka and I were whisked from behind the Cubs dugout, where we were getting ready to do on-field interviews with the NL Champs for the first time since 1908, to the virtually the same spot behind the Marlins dugout, where we saw Josh Beckett racing back and forth from the clubhouse to the dugout while chugging beers and saying, ‘Rally Beers, Pedro.’ It was a memorable night at Chicago’s venerable Wrigley Field.”
Gomez came to ESPN from the Arizona Republic where he had served as a sports columnist and national baseball writer since 1997. In 1999 he won first place, sports enterprise, for “Discovering the Home I Never Knew” from the Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors Association. He also won the Silver Ingot Award – the Arizona Republic’s award for an outstanding series or body of work.
Prior to working for the Arizona Republic, Gomez wrote for several newspapers. He was the Oakland Athletics beat writer for the Sacramento Bee from 1995-97 and at the San Jose Mercury News from 1990-1994. In between covering the A’s, Gomez served as a national baseball writer for the Miami Herald from 1994-95. Prior to that, he wrote for the San Diego Union, and the Miami News from 1988-90 and 1985-88, respectively.
Growing up Miami, Gomez didn’t have a local major league baseball team to cheer for until 1993, so his hometown team was the Miami Dolphins. The team gave Gomez his favorite childhood sports memory:
“My childhood best friend, Billy Lopez, and I attended many Dolphins games at the Orange Bowl. We were at the 1981 Divisional playoff game between the Chargers and Dolphins, the game that went into overtime and is still considered one of the greatest NFL games ever played,” Gomez described. “Ironically, we came oh so close to leaving when the Chargers had taken a 24-0 lead early but then saw backup quarterback Don Strock warming up and decided to give him one series. Even though the Dolphins lost, it remains the greatest game I remember from childhood.”
Gomez attended the University of Miami, majoring in journalism. A journalism professor at Miami-Dade South Community College named Peter Townsend saw his passion for sports and guided him into his career.
“I remember his line vividly,” Gomez said, “’Pedro, if you go this route, your career will outlast every athlete you ever cover.’”