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About Alex Speier

Before he joined WEEI.com, Alex covered the Red Sox for several New England and national publications, including the New Hampshire Union Leader, Boston Metro, Boston Herald and Baseball America. Alex graduated from Harvard, where he served as the captain of the debate team, an experience that has been of surprisingly little use in press boxes across the country.

 
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Alex Speier
07/30/2014 - 6:47am
Forest through the trees. 
Alex Speier
07/28/2014 - 3:49am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It is difficult to comprehend the place where the Red Sox have arrived. The dynamic surrounding the team bears no resemblance to what was accomplished -- and how it was accomplished -- last year.
Alex Speier
07/26/2014 - 9:03am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox don't get -- and don't want -- too many chances at this. A team whose performance has raised a giant, neon SELL sign has a rare midyear opportunity to use the trade market to address needs for the future. 
Alex Speier
07/18/2014 - 7:35am
Contention for the Red Sox seems hard to fathom. As they prepare to kick off the second segment of the season on Friday night, they reside in a tie with the Rays at the bottom of the American League East, a colossal 9 1/2-game canyon separating them from the first-place Orioles.
Alex Speier
07/16/2014 - 9:50am
MINNEAPOLIS -- The latest stop of the Derek Jeter farewell tour left players shaking their heads. Who can imagine the Yankees without Jeter at shortstop? 
Alex Speier
07/15/2014 - 4:00am
MINNEAPOLIS -- Risk goes both ways. 
Alex Speier
07/14/2014 - 9:13am
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rarely for the Red Sox has the showcase event known as the All-Star Futures Game assumed such literal significance. 
Alex Speier
07/11/2014 - 9:34am
There are few catching prospects in recent years who take such complete control of a game from behind the plate as Christian Vazquez. He is a presence behind the dish, someone whose leadership with a pitching staff and whose game-changing throwing arm and technical expertise behind the plate thanks to tremendously quick feet command notice.  He seems a natural for his chosen undertaking. 
Alex Speier
07/09/2014 - 7:28am
Finality and melancholy punctuated Jake Peavy's sentences. Less than a year after the Red Sox acquired him to round out a championship-caliber roster, the pitcher expressed his acceptance of what now seems the all-but-inevitable end of his time in Boston. 
Alex Speier
07/08/2014 - 8:18am
The deficiency is obvious. The solution is not. 
Alex Speier
07/06/2014 - 9:36am
With their double header split on Saturday, the Red Sox ensured that they'll spend the All-Star break staring at a losing record. The team's dismal 39-48 record guarantees that, even if they defy their performance to date this year and win out the first half, running off eight straight victories, they'll still have a losing record by the All-Star break. 
Alex Speier
07/03/2014 - 3:07am
Those who criticized the notion of The Bridge rarely discussed the alternative.  This is life without The Bridge that former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein described back in 2009. 
Alex Speier
07/02/2014 - 8:16am
This was the worst (Part 1): It is a scoreless tie, two outs, bottom of the fourth inning with A.J. Pierzynski up and first base open. The Cubs elect to walk Pierzynski (armed with a .252 average, .281 OBP and .353 slugging mark entering Tuesday) intentionally in order to bring Xander Bogaerts to the plate, likely the first such indignity in the 21-year-old's life.
Alex Speier
06/30/2014 - 8:33am
NEW YORK -- On the day that Dustin Pedroia signed his Red Sox-for-life contract, principal owner John Henry evoked a notion to which he'd been introduced by his former manager. "Tito used to say, 'If I had nine Dustins, we'd win every game,' " Henry mused.
Alex Speier
06/29/2014 - 9:43am
NEW YORK -- He's here. Now what?
Alex Speier
06/28/2014 - 8:11am
NEW YORK -- Reminder: The Red Sox had the best offense in baseball in 2013, and it wasn't even close. But that now seems like a lifetime ago. 
Alex Speier
06/27/2014 - 8:52am
Let's get to this first: It's a matter of when, not if. And that when could be very, very soon. 
Alex Speier
06/18/2014 - 7:14am
In many ways, Jackie Bradley Jr. became the Red Sox' everyday center fielder by default. The Red Sox simply lacked a viable alternative. 
Alex Speier
06/17/2014 - 12:11am
The ERA leaders among Red Sox starters? Is the group fronted by its Cy Young winner? Any of the four starters who have pitched in All-Star games? The lefty with outrageous career strikeout totals?  No. No. No. 
Alex Speier
06/14/2014 - 7:04am
The Red Sox won 10-3, in an offensive explosion that left virtually every member of the team in good spirits. Except, perhaps, for one. 
Alex Speier
06/12/2014 - 7:20am
BALTIMORE -- It is difficult to offer proper context for how bad the Red Sox offense has been. General manager Ben Cherington suggested on Tuesday that the Sox "just haven't clicked offensively," but that hardly does justice to the depths of the team's struggles. 
Alex Speier
06/11/2014 - 9:18am
BALTIMORE -- It was by design, not coincidence.
Alex Speier
06/10/2014 - 8:10am
BALTIMORE -- For the Red Sox rotation, the present is a question mark and an even more uncertain future looms. 
Alex Speier
06/10/2014 - 8:08am
BALTIMORE -- For the Red Sox rotation, the present is a question mark and an even more uncertain future looms. 


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Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.

Danny Amendola joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.

It Is What It Is Cast: Brandon Browner gets fired up

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.

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Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

Buster Olney, ESPN, on th…

Buster Olney, ESPN, on the impending Jon Lester trade, 7-30-14

Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red Sox are in a tough place with Lester 7-28-14

Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.

Christian Vazquez with Joe & Daveafter the win at Tampa Bay

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The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

Gordon Edes: "95% chance …

Gordon Edes: "95% chance Lester gets traded" 7-30-14

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Hillary Clinton wants to change the Redskins mascot 7-30-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

Jon Lester scratched 7-30-14

Joh, Gerry and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest rumors surrounding Jon Lester.

Buster Olney, ESPN, on th…

Buster Olney, ESPN, on the impending Jon Lester trade, 7-30-14

Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.

Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.

Danny Amendola joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.

Have we seen the last of …

Have we seen the last of Jon Lester in a Red Sox uniform?

The tweet is a little ominous sounding. Dale, Buck and Greg Dickerson discuss what very well could be the end of the Jon Lester era with the Boston Red Sox.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Championship Hangover Edition - 7-29-14

We tackle four topics all sparked by the Red Sox worst to first to worst run in 2012-2014.

Jon Lester is on the table, will he end up in LA? 7-28-14

We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

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Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

Minor Details Ep. 94.1: Are prospects overvalued? Andrew Miller on being traded for Miguel Cabrera

With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

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Rob Bradford on the latest with the Sox at the deadline 7-28-14

Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.

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Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

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Gordon Edes: "95% chance Lester gets traded" 7-30-14

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.

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Jon Lester is on the table, will he end up in LA? 7-28-14

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David Ortiz offends the Rays again 7-28-14

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