Columnist | Minnesota Twins

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.


Neal's 3-2 Pitch: Keep the big moves comin', Twins

The 3-2 Pitch: With an eye on 2023, the Twins should be ultra-aggressive at the trade deadline.


Neal: Twins know what they lost when they let Cruz go

Nelson Cruz was the fulcrum of the Twins offense. And when it came to leadership that the team needed, the 41-year-old DH went next level.


Neal: Here's how the Twins can keep Buxton, and still protect themselves

Yes, Byron Buxton gets hurt too often. But no, the Twins shouldn't move on from their massively talented center fielder.


Neal: 3M Open gives us a week to celebrate a sport we love

This state deserves a week-long golf party, and that week is here now with the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.


Neal: The moves that really made the Twins 1991 World Series champions

Yes, Kirby and Jack became legends that October. But long before then, some moves were made that gave the Twins the roster they needed to shock us all.


Neal: Sorry, Minnesota sports fans, you don't deserve this

Please, Lynx, save us all again. This drought in the four largest leagues, now 30 years old, is painful.


Neal: Berrios, the Twins' best trade chip, should stay in Minnesota

The Twins will show their 2022 hand this month, and don't expect them to deal their ace.


Neal's 3-2 Pitch: No asterisk necessary on these NBA Finals

There have been many injuries this postseason, but good teams overcome them.


Neal: White Sox display utter domination in sweep of Twins

Three-game series sweep in Chicago exposes Twins for who they are, and aren't.


Twins drop struggling pitcher Shoemaker after another bad outing

The veteran righthander struggled through 11 starts before heading to the bullpen. He had an 8.06 ERA in 54 innings.