La Velle Neal

Reporter | Minnesota Twins
Phone: 612.674.4888
La Velle E. Neal III has covered Major League Baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and Dan Barreiro during the season.

Recent content from La Velle Neal

Twins Insider: Trade for Nunez sign of impatience with shortstop Florimon

While Pedro Florimon is capable of filling up a highlight reel with his fine glove work, this deal is an indictment of his hitting.

Updated: April 08, 2014, - 12:18 PM

Nolasco gets first Twins turn on Opening Day in Chicago

Ricky Nolasco, well-paid and full of confidence, is the Twins’ de facto No. 1 starter.

Updated: March 31, 2014, - 10:41 AM

AL preview: Yankees back to being the Yankees again

New York wrote checks in its attempt to solve that 2013 third-place problem.

Updated: March 29, 2014, - 10:45 PM

Catcher or first baseman? Question is big for Hall of Fame voters

Mostly, analysts say his 10 years as a catcher will determine Joe Mauer’s enshrinement.

Updated: March 29, 2014, - 09:57 PM

Injury math: 90-foot move equals a 180-degree gain

Twins hope Joe Mauer’s switch will mean better health, numbers.

Updated: March 29, 2014, - 09:48 PM

Field diplomacy: Mauer has off-field All-Star duties

Joe Mauer is the easy and obvious choice for All-Star ambassador. After that, it gets complicated.

Updated: March 29, 2014, - 08:51 PM

NL preview: Young arms keep Cardinals strong

With a surplus of young, gifted pitchers, the NL champs are poised to stay on top for years to come.

Updated: March 29, 2014, - 08:51 PM

Twins show their power in spring finale

Minnesota hit three home runs in a victory in the final game in Florida.

Updated: March 29, 2014, - 04:52 PM

Twins Insider: There are reasons to gripe, but also for optimism

That woeful rotation has been upgraded. Now as for that lineup …

Updated: March 29, 2014, - 08:06 AM

Notes from camp: Hughes confident heading into season

The Twins righthander believes he's "ahead of the game" going into next week.

Updated: March 29, 2014, - 12:16 AM

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