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.

Joe Mauer on ESPN tonight

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: April 27, 2010 - 12:52 PM

In case you're bored with the Twins-Tigers game tonight, ESPN is airing it's in-depth E:60 feature on Joe Mauer tonight at 6 p.m.

ESPN's Jeremy Schapp came to the Twin Cities before TwinsFest and interviewed a host of people for this profile, including Terry Ryan, Justin Morneau, Grandpa Jake and Momma Mauer. There's also an interview with Cal Ripken about Mauer.

(I was also interviewed for the show, but we spent a lot of time talking about his contract situation, which has been settled. I don't think I made the final cut, but TiVo will be in play just in case!) 

Update: Someone with ESPN read this blog and confirmed that I did make the final cut. Hooray for me!

It should be pretty interesting. Schapp had access to Mauer that I would commit crimes to have. Schapp is pretty thorough and it was fun talking baseball history with him.

You can watch a preview of the feature here. It comes after the preview about the Haitian girls soccer team.


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