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.


Play ball? Baseball sorely needs to find some answers this week

There are two things members of this $10.7 billion baseball industry should keep in mind if they really want to reach agreement on starting the season — the calendar and their bank accounts.


Twins' preparations kick into higher gear despite baseball's uncertainties

The Twins have told employees they will be paid in full through June and there will be no furloughs, so clearly the team is optimistic about baseball's resumption.


Nelson Cruz among finalists for ESPY sports humanitarian award

Maya Moore and Kevin Love are also candidates for the Muhammad Ali Award, which will be presented next month.


Twins' Hrbek was first local pro athlete to make $1 million per season

The first baseman, who grew up near the Twins' original home of Met Stadium in Bloomington, signed for five years, $5.9 million before 1985.


A light rail call-up? Twins-Saints affiliation possible, but there are hurdles

The promotional advantages of a Twins-Saints collaboration are endless. But it's not that simple. Several factors stand in the way, including a $20 million financial obstacle for the Saints.


After winning World Series, Twins crashed hard after nightmare homer

Two years and three months from now will mark the 30th anniversary of an event in Twins history that will be celebrated by absolutely no one.


Twins say they will continue to pay nonplaying staff through May

Commissioner Rob Manfred had given clubs the option to furlough or reduce pay of club employees, with no games being played thus far during the coronavirus pandemic.


Twins catcher Garver moves to Twin Cities to stay sharp

In addition to getting swings in at Joe Mauer's facility, Mitch Garver went to a local Target to purchase kettle weights and other gear so he can use the time off from baseball games wisely.


No spring baseball means no late bloomers for Twins in draft

You don't have to look far back into Twins' draft history to find players who were drafted mainly on the basis of how well they played in the months leading up to the MLB draft.


There should have been a ballgame: Home opener is latest missing milestone

Thursday was to begin at 6 a.m. with breakfast on the Target Field plaza. Gates were to open at 1 p.m. A flyover was, once again, scheduled as part of the pageantry that won't be happening.