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.

N.L. All-Star ballot update: Tulowitzki leads all NL players in voting

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: May 28, 2014 - 1:20 PM

Troy Tulowitzki leads all NL players in All-Star Game Voting, the league revealed on Wednesday in its first ballot update.
Tulowitzki entered Wednesday batting .373 with 14 homers and 37 RBI in 50 games. That includes a ridiculous .521 batting average at home. For that, he's received a whopping 745,823 votes. Teammates Nolan Arenado (third base) and Charlie Blackmon (outfield) also lead at their positions.
Twins fans might be interested in a former Twin and current Rockies player who's getting votes at first base - Justin Morneau.
It's been a struggle for Morneau ever since he suffered a concussion in the middle of the 2010 season. He signed with Colorado as a free agent during the offseason and is batting .308 with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 50 games.
Morneau has received 305,327 votes, good for third place among first basemen - but just 45,000 votes behind leader Adrian Gonzalez.
Balloting in all stadiums began by May 12th and ends June 26th. After that, fans can vote online (up to 25 times) until July 3 and 11:59 p.m.
Fans vote for All-Star starting position players. The pitchers and reserves for both squads will be determined through a combination of a player ballot and selections made by the A.L manager John Farrell and N.L. manager Mike Matheny. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire already has agreed to be part of Farrell's coaching staff at the game.
The All-Star teams will be announced on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, to be held the weekend of July 5-6. But that won't be the end of voting. For the 13th year, there will be an online vote at to select the final player for each team. Fans will get to select the final player from a list of five players from each league.


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