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: Minnesota loves Fort Myers, for more than just baseball

It's hard for many of us here to watch the destruction from Hurricane Ian. Our hearts and minds are with our Florida friends.


Neal: Greenway wants to move on from the pain, deliver on promise

Will Jordan Greenway miss a week to start the Wild's season? Two weeks? The first month? For now, his script will remain the same. Go to rink. Get treatment. Skate. Avoid contact.


Neal: How good are Vikings? It's hard to say

You take wins any way you can get in them in the NFL, but the Vikings will grimace at the tape of Sunday's win over the Lions.


Neal: No laughing at these Lions

The Vikings on Sunday face Detroit and coach Dan Campbell, who has this high-scoring, trash-talking bunch ready to make some noise in the NFC North.


Neal: Vavra baseball family keeps growing, hitting

Former Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra now enjoys watching his son, Terrin, a former Gopher, play in the major leagues.


Minnesota's Aurora soccer team is a grassroots success story

Meet Andrea Yoch, the woman who helped bring the women's preprofessional soccer team to town.


Neal: Bringing pitch clock to MLB had to be done

Despite efforts to speed up games, they continued to trudge along, so the league had to act. Games are 28 minutes shorter in the minors this season because of a pitch clock.


Neal: Removing Ryan was the right call — even if it angered Twins fans

Unlike many Twins followers, the team has not given up on the postseason. So letting Joe Ryan blow through his personal best for pitches tossed in a game wouldn't have been a wise call.


Twins fall to .500 on the season after 6-4 loss to Cleveland

Chris Archer gave up two runs in the first before leaving an inning later due to injury. Then Cleveland benefited from an erratic Cole Sands to pull away.


Polanco, among 16 sidelined Twins, could return next week

Second baseman Jorge Polanco could be ready for a crucial five-game series at Cleveland.