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, 2013: The Polls are Open

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 8, 2013 - 12:22 PM

It's that time of year again! It's time for you to show off your vast baseball knowledge, look into the future and tell us who will be the key Twins players in 2013.

That's's Picks to Clicks time! (cue the circus music).

Picks to click is simple. Just pick ONE position player and ONE pitcher whom you think will have a big 2013 season. The standards are different for Joe Mauer. Picking him to click means he's gotta hit at least .330.

This year, I waited for a few games to be played so you could watch your favorite team and acquire a little information before making your selection. It's hard to predict the future without a little info, right?

I watched the Twins all of spring of 2012, and identified Joe Mauer and Nick Blackburn as my Picks to Click. Barely 1-for-1 there. My standard for Mauer last year was .320. He batted .319 but was in the race for the batting title so.....big year!

By the way, here are the leading vote-getters from last year's poll:

Position player (in percentages)

1. Chris Parmelee      19.6
2. Danny Valencia     17.6
3. Justin Morneau     11.8
4. Joe Mauer            10.7
5. Denard Span          8.8

8.  Josh Willingham     3.9
12. Nishi                    1.9


1. Francisco Liriano     37.3
2. Nick Blackburn        12.7
3. Glen Perkins           12.7
4. Liam Hendriks          7.9
5. Anthony Swarzak      5.9

11. Jared Burton       one vote

So let's get this year's poll started. Pick one position player and one pitcher you think will have a good year. Polls are open until Friday, and I'll check in next week with the results. Have fun!!!




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