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.

Let's try this walks thing again.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 11, 2011 - 12:25 PM

My apologies for being an idiot last night.

The Twins have played in 34 games, not 24. That greatly affected my walk projection after last night's game. The Twins pitching staff entered today on pace for exactly 600 walks this season. Still a bad total but not as historically horrible as I made it look. 

Only three Twins teams have walked 600 or more batters in a season, so they are on a dangerous pace.

As I write this, Scott Baker has walked two batters (with two outs) in the first inning, and Detroit leads 1-0.

Once again, sorry for miscalculation.


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