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 2010. The polls are open.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 5, 2010 - 7:44 AM

Bring it!

It's that time of year again in which we blatantly rip off Hawk Harrelson and choose the Twins position player and pitcher you think will have a big year!

But it's not that simple. For instance, if you pick Joe Mauer to click this season, he has to have a season that approaches Mike Piazza in power and run production. If you pick Scott Baker, he has to be a threat to win 18-20 games. The bar for someone like Delmon Young or Nick Blackburn is, of course, lower.

The goal of this exercise is to think about which Twins player you think will take their game to another level this season - and to debate it here. Please, just list one pitcher and one position player, or the pollmaster will file your selection with the senate recount ballots.

In case you don't remember, here's how you did last season:.

Position player

1.  Delmon Young             87
2.  Jason Kubel                64
3.  Carlos Gomez              60
4. Michael Cuddyer           30
5. Alexi Casilla                 20
6. Joe Crede                    11


1. Kevin Slowey         149
2. Francisco Liriano     36
3. Nick Blackburn       30
4. Glen Perkins           27
5. Jesse Crain            19

I picked Kubel and Slowey last season. This year, my picks are more controversial. They will be revealed next week when I close the polls.

The polls are now open. What say YOU?

I'm in for Paul Allen from 9-Noon today on KFAN. We plan to have Dave St. Peter and Harmon Killebrew on. Will go off on the Eagles trade, preview tonight's NCAA championship game and have an EXPANDED picks to click poll on air.


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