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: Twins support vaccine decisions, including when players are unwilling

Battling the spread of COVID-19 is difficult enough, but some players' anti-vaxxer beliefs further complicate reaching an 85% containment threshold and some denied privileges.


Neal: No longer a little expansion team, watch as Loons get better

Last year's run to the Western Conference final was no fluke for Minnesota United.


Neal: For Twins, Wolves and Wild, Monday was the right day for a break

It was no day to play. It was a day to say, "Not here. Not again."


Neal: Twins newcomer Robles was holding out on us

As soon as the flag dropped on the regular season, relief pitcher Hansel Robles - looking to rebound from a forgettable 2020 - was ready to go


Neal: Arraez has been learning from the best, and it shows

Making contact and spraying the ball all over, the young Twins leadoff hitter is doing his best to emulate Twins legend Rod Carew.


Neal: MLB makes right call by pulling All-Star Game from Georgia

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has stepped toward the fire with a decision that will not be popular with many baseball fans or politicians. But the decision was a home run.


Neal: Baldelli manages and mourns at the same time

La Velle E. Neal's weekly 3-2 pitch: Three observations, and two predictions for Twin Cities sports.


Neal: Through one game, Twins were wrong about having defense covered

Two errors and two missed plays in the field proved costly in Thursday's season-opening loss.


Neal: Twins' top players need revival after dismal spring training

Miguel Sano, Max Kepler, Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco have not been at their best lately. The challenge for 2021 is for them to recapture their form, health and consistency.


AL Central packed with star power, but lots of it is in the dugouts

The World Series champion might not come out of the American League Central this season, but no one will beat the division for managerial star power.