Meet Michael Pomeranz
Michael Pomeranz was born on January 25, 1967 in Miami but grew up in Hollywood, Florida. Pomeranz, a 6”2” lefty, pitched collegiate ball at Miami-Dade College and then at Clemson University. Pomeranz was drafted by both Minnesota and Houston while at Miami Dade but chose not to sign and was again drafted by the Twins in 1988 in the 13thround and this time he signed a professional contract. Mike pitched in Elizabethton in 1988 and Kenosha in 1989 before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in April of 1990 for Junior Ortiz and Orlando Lind. Pomeranz hurt his shoulder in 1990 and sat out the 1991 season. In 1992 Pomeranz came back for 5 games but his shoulder would not let him continue and at the age of 25, his professional baseball career was behind him. After his baseball career was over, Michael went on to graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Mike has lived and worked as a reporter and anchor in Chicago, Knoxville, Colorado Springs, and New York City. During his time in New York, he covered many large stories, including the September 11, 2001 attacks, where his station was the only network affiliate not knocked off the air. Mike has won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting.
Michael Pomeranz has been an evening news anchor at KARE 11 in Minneapolis since 2006 and he lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two girls. Mike also does some work for Fox Sports North during Twins games. When Mike has some spare time, he enjoys getting up to the Brainerd, Minnesota area and doing some fishing and you can often find Mike at his BBQ grill. As a matter of fact, Mike has come out with his own brand of BBQ sauce that goes by the name of “Fielders Choice All Purpose BBQ Sauce” and the proceeds go to charity. So if you use BBQ sauce, give this a try because Mike says it is the best BBQ sauce on the market and you will be supporting some very good charities along the way.
I don’t often interview players that have not actually played for the Twins but in this case I wanted to make an exception because Mike was drafted and played in the Minnesota Twins minor league system and today lives, works, and is a familiar face in Twins Territory. I hope you enjoy the interview.
UPDATE AS OF MARCH 2012 – Mike Pomeranz was offered and accepted a broadcasting position with the San Diego Padres in March of 2012. According to Mike, it was his dream job, we will miss him in the Twins Cities.
The interview with Mike is 27 minutes in length and was done in May 2011.