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.


Twins have money to spend but a rotation to fill

With possibly four-fifths of the 2019 rotation becoming free agents, the Twins have spots open behind Jose Berrios.


Dyson declines minor league assignment from Twins, becomes free agent

Sam Dyson, 31, had right shoulder surgery on Sept. 24 and is expected to miss all of next season, making it all but certain the Twins would not offer him a contract for 2020.


Twins' path to 2020 begins now with free-agent negotiations

Teams have started a window in which they can talk to their own players who can become free agents.They can start going after players from other teams next week.


Twins move LaMarre, two other players off 40-man roster

All three were late season additions as the team won the American League Central Division.


Twins boss Falvey declines to interview for Red Sox job

Boston selected Tampa Bay executive Chaim Bloom to head their baseball operations department. According to multiple sources, the Red Sox had Derek Falvey high on their list of candidates


Twins hitting coach Rowson headed to Miami Marlins

After guiding the Twins to a record 307 home runs this season, Rowson will be a bench coach in Florida and also have the title of "offensive coordinator."


Twins management vows to pursue 'impact pitching' for 2020 and beyond

Twins management said it plans to aim high to upgrade its roster, with an extra focus on improving a starting rotation that frayed badly during the second half of this season.


Plenty to ponder: Baldelli's playoff moves fall under the microscope

Everything a manager he does is up for scrutiny, especially in the postseason. And there were things about Rocco Baldelli's decisions to dissect after the Twins' season-ending loss.


After two swings and two misses, Twins batters ponder approach for Game 3

The Twins have scored six runs in two games. So what now? "We have a plan," Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz said. "Hopefully the plan works this time."


Yankees slam Twins 8-2 to take 2-0 lead; Game 3 Monday at Target Field

Didi Gregorius' third-inning grand slam was the deciding blow as New York rolled to the victory, the Yankees' 12th in a row over the Twins in postseason play.