La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. 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 other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Jerry Bell announces retirement

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: January 6, 2011 - 11:18 AM

Jerry Bell, President of Twins Sports Inc., announced his retirement this morning during a staff meeting.

Bell joined the Twins after serving as executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission and was with the club during its high and low points. He was often the face of the organization's stadium efforts through the years and was one of former owner Carl Pohlad's most trusted voices.

Bell will assist the club with special projects but is definitely scaling back his duties with the Twins.

He was named the third president of the Twins in 1987 - a position currently held by Dave St. Peter - and led the organization's business operations. In 2002, he was named president of Twins Sports Inc and focused most of his efforts on the design and construction of Target Field..




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