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.

Some quick Twins notes

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: January 7, 2014 - 5:21 PM

A few things in advance of Wednesday's Hall of Fame announcement:

Miguel Sano has arrived in Florida to work out in advance of spring training - but he won't be working out for awhile. He had a callous removed from one his feet and will not start workouts for a few days.  But all indications are that everything is going well with him. He was shut down from winter ball this offseason because of a strained ligament in his elbow but the Twins say he has recovered.

You can ask Sano for yourself at TwinsFest starting Jan. 24. He'll be one of 71 players on hand.

Also, there will be a booth at TwinsFest promoting, `Pelotero II,'' or "The Miguel Sano Story.' The same people who brought you Pelotero have continued to follow Sano through the minors and hope to top off the story with his arrival to the majors (this season?)

Byron Buxton, who last month picked up his minor league player of the year award, will also be at TwinsFest.

The Twins, either tomorrow or Thursday, will release their complete list of invites to minor league camp. We have reported them whenever we've learned of them, but this will be the entire list.

Finally, the Hall of Fame election results will be announced tomorrow afternoon. I will release my ballot here after the Hall of Fame has it's time in the spotlight. Then that's it for me for awhile as my teammate Phil Miller takes over daily coverage for a few weeks!


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