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.


Cruz, Buxton each win two awards from Twin Cities baseball writers

The Twins, in conjunction with the Twin Cities Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, announced the winners of the annual Diamond Awards on Friday morning.


Nelson Cruz wins leadership award from baseball's players union

Cruz has been named the winner of baseball's Marvin Miller Award, which is given by the players union for leadership on the field and in the community.


Here at last: Matching up Rays-Dodgers in the 2020 World Series

After all of it — the truncated season, battling outbreaks, rescheduling games, etc. — the best two teams in baseball will square off in the World Series.


Twins shortstop Polanco has ankle surgery

The 27-year-old had a similar procedure last year following his All-Star season.


Twins player-by-player look ahead: Will they stay or will they go?

Part of the Twins trying to figure out how to end their 18-game postseason losing streak is to build a team that can handle both the grind of the regular season and the added stresses of the playoffs.


'We know we fell short.' Falvey ponders conquering 'Octoberphobia'

Twins executive Derek Falvey Falvey and manager Rocco Baldelli understand that the fan base has 'Octoberphobia' when it comes to the Twins and the playoffs.


Rosario ejected, Berrios exits early as frustration fills Twins' day

There was passion, frustration and reflection from the Twins on a day their season came to an end.


Buxton sits to start Game 2, gets picked off as pinch runner

Byron Buxton's 2020 season began with him out of the lineup because of a mid-foot sprain and interrupted by a left shoulder strain. It didn't end very well, either.


Ninth-inning meltdown, absent offense drops Twins to Game 1 loss

The Twins have dropped 17 consecutive postseason games, giving them the longest playoff losing streak in major North American sports history. The one happened because of failures in all aspects of the game.


Buxton finally stands apart with his skills. He's in lineup for Game 1

The Twins began the season wondering when Byron Buxton would be healthy enough to play. Those health concerns continued, but he'll be in today's lineup.