Columnist | Minnesota Twins

La Velle E. Neal III is a sports columnist for the Star Tribune who previously covered the Twins for more than 20 years.

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: Why are Twins fans wasting their angst on payroll?

Team bosses tightening belts isn't a surprise, and in fact, it could prove wise.

Neal: College baseball, softball squeeze play at U.S. Bank Stadium is troubling

Doubt is growing that the annual tradition of cold-weather indoor ball in downtown Minneapolis will return in full — and that will hurt the Gophers and other college teams.

Neal: Hunter should join Cousins and Jefferson as Vikings' top priorities

Vikings left tackle Christian Darrisaw could approach the line of scrimmage next season, look across and see Danielle Hunter. In a Lions uniform. Or a Bears uniform.

Neal: Even if Wild falter, here are three good reasons to keep watching

Injury, defensive and goaltending issues look like too much for the Wild to overcome to make the playoffs. But young stars are keeping the team interesting.

Neal: As Mahomes nears legendary status for Chiefs, a former Twin saw it coming

Mahomes is the gold standard for quarterbacks these days, and a source close to home called it all the way back in 2017.

Neal: Recent big wins signal a new era for Gophers basketball

Beating Michigan State the way the Gophers did was something they could not have done last season — or maybe even when this season was younger.

Neal: New Loons coach better be worth the wait

The Loons are three weeks out from the season opener. What's going on?

Neal: Super Bowl will be superb, but the best story missed out

The Chiefs against the 49ers offers the best of the best, but it's a shame Detroit fans won't get to see their team on the biggest stage.

Neal: Twins leaders leave their jobs, but they don't leave the Twins

Understand this: It's not normal. The tendency for the franchise's past to stay present is peculiar in pro sports.

Neal: Twins have been asleep, but history says things about to happen

It was a year ago this week that Pablo López came to the Twins in a big trade. And there have been January surprises in the past.