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 have a new spin on the starting rotation

The Twins should get more strikeouts and longer starts after signing Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes.

Updated: February 16, 2014, - 03:44 PM

Twins GM Ryan takes a step toward recovery

On Monday, Terry Ryan, 60, announced that he had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his neck.

Updated: February 14, 2014, - 11:55 PM

Twins notes: Plouffe bulks up, Worley slims down

Trevor Plouffe is noticeably more muscular, having added 10 to 12 pounds during the offseason; Righthander Vance Worley has lost about 20 pounds.

Updated: February 14, 2014, - 02:21 PM

Kubel back for another go-around with the Twins

The 31-year-old has returned to the Twins in hopes of putting a poor 2013 season behind him.

Updated: January 26, 2014, - 12:16 AM

Morris' Hall of Fame call could come today, or it's over

Jack Morris was just 42 votes shy of reaching baseball's Hall of Fame last year, but this year - his final on on the ballot - the odds seem against the former ace.

Updated: January 08, 2014, - 01:11 PM

Neal: Difficult duty remains for baseball Hall of Fame voters

With few guidelines to go off of, writers must decide who is worthy on their own.

Updated: January 04, 2014, - 11:55 PM

Wolves strong in return from holiday, dominate Washington

All five Timberwolves’ starters had scored in double figures by the third quarter as Minnesota defeated the Wizards for the fourth straight time at Target Center.

Updated: December 28, 2013, - 08:16 AM

Wolves' coach Adelman: Thunder will 'be fine' minus Westbrook

Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook underwent right knee surgery on Friday and is expected to be out through the All-Star...

Updated: December 27, 2013, - 11:44 PM

Twins make Suzuki, Pelfrey contracts official

Kurt Suzuki’s role will depend on what other catchers do.

Updated: December 27, 2013, - 01:19 AM

Twins land veteran catcher in Suzuki

Kurt Suzuki's offense is not what it once was, but he remains steady behind the plate.

Updated: December 20, 2013, - 11:51 PM

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