La Velle E. Neal III | Star Tribune
Reporter | Minnesota Twins

La Velle E. Neal III is a baseball writer for the Star Tribune. He has over 20 years of experience covering the Minnesota Twins on and off the field. La Velle has helped out with basketball, football and college football coverage between baseball seasons.

A native of Chicago, La Velle has covered the Minnesota Twins since 1998. He also covered the Kansas City Royals for the Kansas City Star from 1995 through 1997. A graduate of the University of Illinois - Chicago, La Velle is a former president of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

New Twins pitching coach is cut from a different cloth

Wes Johnson's style and background stand out. The Twins pitching coach is just getting to know his new team, but already he is keeping things lively.

Changes to Twins camp clear on first day

Rocco Baldelli is putting his stamp on Twins spring camp.

Putting the 'ugh' in ugly: Gibson battles his toughest foe with E. coli

Following a three-week bout with E. coli he contracted during an offseason mission trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson is in camp and ready to get stronger.

Twins seek long-term deals with core players, will wait on Sano, Buxton

The Twins are working this week to sign some of their young players to contracts that would last through their arbitration-eligible years. Who's on the list?

Bringing bat and wisdom, Cruz ready to mentor with Twins

Nelson Cruz looks at his new Twins teammates and it reminds him of the teams he played for when he was young. But now, at age 39, he'll be the one giving out advice.

'Confident' Schoop, Twins betting on a bounce-back season

Jonathan Schoop, a former All-Star second baseman, said he is confident he can regain his top-notch form.

This weekend's TwinsFest means spring training isn't far behind

More than 65 current and former players and coaches will be at TwinsFest this weekend, with spring training only a few weeks away and fans anticipating the upcoming season.

New lefty Perez will compete for spot in Twins' starting rotation

Martin Perez potentially adds a lefthander to a rotation that also includes righthanders Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson, Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda.

Twins agree to deal with former Rangers lefthanded pitcher Perez

Perez, 27, has pitched the past seven seasons for the Texas Rangers. He was a starter in 128 of his 141 appearances, going 43-49 with a 4.67 ERA.

Opinions differ on fan-favorite Astudillo making Twins roster

North Score: Twins beat reporter La Velle E. Neal III and Michael Rand take a look at the case to be made for Willians Astudillo to make the Twins' roster out of spring training.