Longtime ESPN baseball correspondent Pedro Gomez dies at 58

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, file photo, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, right, jokes with ESPN's Pedro Gomez after a news conference during the first day of baseball spring training for pitchers and catchers, in Tucson, Ariz. Gomez, a longtime baseball correspondent for ESPN who covered more than 25 World Series, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. He was 58. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, file photo, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, right, jokes with ESPN's Pedro Gomez after a news conference during the first day of baseball spring training for pitchers and catchers, in Tucson, Ariz. Gomez, a longtime baseball correspondent for ESPN who covered more than 25 World Series, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. He was 58. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) (Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Pedro Gomez, a longtime baseball correspondent for ESPN who covered more than 25 World Series, has died. He was 58.

Gomez died unexpectedly at home Sunday, his family said in a statement. No cause of death was given.

“Pedro was far more than a media personality. He was a Dad, loving husband, loyal friend, coach and mentor,” the Gomez family added. “He was our everything and his kids’ biggest believer.”

Gomez joined ESPN as a Phoenix-based reporter in 2003 after being a sports columnist and national baseball writer at The Arizona Republic since 1997. He was best known at the network for his coverage of Barry Bonds and his pursuit of the home-run record during the steroid controversy.

He was a correspondent on ESPN's “SportsCenter,” “Baseball Tonight” and additional shows, including the network's “Wednesday Night Baseball” package.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn that our friend and colleague Pedro Gomez has passed away,” ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement on Twitter and the network's public relations page. “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. Our hearts are with Pedro’s family and all who love him at this extraordinarily difficult time.”

Gomez grew up in Miami, and said the greatest game he remembered from his childhood was the San Diego Chargers win over the Miami Dolphins in a 1981 AFC divisional playoff game. He attended the University of Miami and majored in journalism.

His parents fled Cuba for the United States in 1962. Gomez was part of ESPN's coverage in 2016 when the Tampa Bay Rays faced the Cuban national team, and shared the story of taking his father and brother's ashes to Cuba.