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: It's safe to watch baseball again, Twins fans

Don't let the sting of a bad summer keep you away from great October drama.

Forgotten man Williams shows he's still a dependable RB for Gophers

Bryce Williams' 56-yard touchdown put the finishing touches on Saturday's Gophers victory.

Neal: Troubling Gruden case yet another sign of NFL's broken culture

The NFL's awful hiring history didn't lead to Jon Gruden's behavior, but anyone familiar with the league's homogeneous upper crust shouldn't be surprised views like his are shared within it.

Neal: Vikings are not 'pretty darn good.' They are 1-3

Enough with the talk. Beat Detroit. Then Carolina. Then Dallas. Then let's talk.

Neal: Lewis isn't ready, so here's the Twins' shortstop stopgap

Spend the offseason money on pitching and solve the shortstop stopgap internally. There's a great candidate already.

Neal: Vikings' loss to Browns reopens debate about offensive line

Even when the line was in max protection, Cleveland was managing to hurry Kirk Cousins' throws while still stuffing the Vikings' running game.

Neal: Twin Cities Marathon has lots of family traditions; here's another

Michaela Kofoed and family have long supported runners along the course. This year, she'll be one of them.

Neal: Rodriguez, Lore will want a new arena for Wolves — soon

Words won't be enoughto keep fans from feeling a little uneasy about the future of the franchise when the sale of the Wolves involves owners with no local ties. Better start hiring the architects.

Crosstown comfort: Saints-Twins marriage enabled a close relationship

The St. Paul affiliate averaged more than 6,000 fans at home games, and provided quick call-ups when the major league club was in need.

Neal: St. Thomas impresses in Division I home debut, and awes veteran

Also in the weekly 3-2 pitch: Kirill Kaprizov impresses again, a salute to Justin Morneau and (not so optimistic) predictions for the Twins final week and Vikings-Seahawks.