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.

Picks to Click, 2012. The polls are open.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 3, 2012 - 7:57 AM


The players are getting a little bit of a break today. They are not required to report to the park until 10 a.m. central, which is about three hours later than they usually arrive.

Things to watch for today is the return of righthander Jason Marquis from his family emergency, Alexi Casilla's recovery from a sore knee and Liam Hendriks' final tune-up of spring before he faces the Orioles on Sunday.

Meanwhile, it's time for YOU to step up!

It's time for Picks to Click, 2012. This is where you select one pitcher and one position player to have a big year for the Twins. I whiffed last year, selecting Delmon Young and Nick Blackburn. I'm on a mission to turn things around this year.

By the way, if you pick Joe Mauer to click, batting around .300 isn't clicking. For him, he has to hit .320 or better with a few homers or around .300 with around 15 homers. The standards for him are different.

I will compile the results and release them by the home opener - I hope. Please, list just one pitcher and one position player, or I'm going to take the first person you mention.

Anyway, let's get the polling started!

Picks to Click, 2012. What say you?

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