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.


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.


Twins scout stuck in South Korea, but country's teams could play soon

David Kim, a Twins Pacific Rim scout, could be watching his first ballgame within a month.


Cruz, Rogers try to get 'comfortable with the uncomfortable'

Some Twins players headed for the Twin Cities, but Nelson Cruz and Taylor Rogers were among those going to their year-round homes to wait for the OK to ramp up their activities.


Top Twins prospects: These 10 minor leaguers give fans reason to smile

A two-month delay — at least — is in place before the baseball season starts. When it does, the Twins minor league system has a batch of potential future stars for fans to follow.


Nine things we learned from the Twins' short spring training

It may feel like long ago when the Twins played the last of their 20 spring training games. But there were things learned for when the team is finally able to reassemble and chase the hopes it brought to Florida.


Twins officials leave Florida as baseball figures out what's ahead

Twins officials left Fort Myers and headed back to Minnesota on Monday. Players are also free to head home now that training camps have been closed.


Twins part ways with season on hold

Only about 20 players plan to stay in Fort Myers.


Spring training off, season delayed but Twins still in Fort Myers - for now

The spread of the coronavirus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19 is shutting down American sports, and Major League Baseball on Thursday joined the parade, shutting down for at least the next month.


Lefthander Thorpe among Twins' first spring cuts

The Twins trimmed their spring training roster Monday by optioning seven players to minor-league camp and placing Fernando Romero on the restricted list.