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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
04/10/2013 - 7:24am
The Red Sox have a shortstop who hit .450 and played nearly flawless defense over the first eight days of the season.
Alex Speier
04/09/2013 - 6:07am
At a certain point, it's important not to think of Daniel Nava just in terms of where he's come from but to think of him in terms of what he is.
Alex Speier
04/05/2013 - 6:02am
NEW YORK -- It seems almost silly to quibble.
Alex Speier
04/04/2013 - 7:00am
NEW YORK -- It is a luxury. It is not a controversy.
Alex Speier
04/03/2013 - 7:22am
NEW YORK -- In retrospect, the idea that the Red Sox had the opportunity to draft Jackie Bradley Jr. in 2011 seems hard to fathom.
Alex Speier
04/02/2013 - 8:16am
NEW YORK -- The logic seemed unassailable. Without David Ortiz, the Red Sox lineup faced a likely struggle.
Alex Speier
04/01/2013 - 6:44pm
NEW YORK -- It's a terrible formula for victory.
Alex Speier
04/01/2013 - 2:13am
NEW YORK -- And so, here they are again, seeking a fresh start in the very venue where their previous season came to such a humiliating end.
Alex Speier
03/29/2013 - 7:17am
The reaction was swift.
Alex Speier
03/27/2013 - 8:25am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The suggestion elicited a double-take. "I think," said one talent evaluator who watched Daniel Bard this spring, "that by the end of the season's first month, he might throw 100 again."
Alex Speier
03/26/2013 - 7:24am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jackie Bradley Jr. is presenting the Red Sox with the kind of dilemma that they've almost never faced. Almost.
Alex Speier
03/25/2013 - 6:54am
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The outcome was precisely as planned.
Alex Speier
03/24/2013 - 6:44am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's fitting that Brandon Workman should make his first appearance in a big league spring training game in Clearwater. After all, he very easily could have made that venue the point of departure for his professional career.
Alex Speier
03/24/2013 - 5:47am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The end is nigh. The spring training that felt like it might never end is, in fact, approaching its terminus.
Alex Speier
03/23/2013 - 6:10am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- John Farrell understands it because he has lived it in many different guises. And he is living it again in his first spring as Red Sox manager.
Alex Speier
03/22/2013 - 6:04am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The fascination with Jackie Bradley Jr. this spring, quite understandably, has been so far reaching that it has inspired a form of myopia.
Alex Speier
03/19/2013 - 6:16am
History lesson: In 2008, the Red Sox lost David Ortiz for nearly two months in the middle of the season due to a wrist injury.
Alex Speier
03/14/2013 - 1:52pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- At a time when the hot-button topic in Red Sox spring training is the question of whether or not Jackie Bradley Jr. should open the year in the big leagues, it's worth considering the case of Mike Trout.
Alex Speier
03/13/2013 - 6:54am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There has never been a question, during Allen Webster's still relatively brief career as a pitcher, about whether the right-hander had the stuff to be a big league starting pitcher.
Alex Speier
03/12/2013 - 6:37am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When Red Sox director of pro scouting Jared Porter looked down at his stopwatch on Friday night, he did a double take.
Alex Speier
03/09/2013 - 7:53am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The mystery surrounding the Achilles tendon of David Ortiz and the longer-than-expected recovery from an injury that occurred more than seven months ago has taken the slugger on something of an odyssey to find answers.
Alex Speier
03/04/2013 - 7:56am
This is part of what drew the Red Sox to Will Middlebrooks. 
Alex Speier
03/03/2013 - 7:35am
So much of the conversation between the Red Sox involves the intertwined fates of Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, and similarly, the entanglement of their performances
Alex Speier
03/02/2013 - 6:24am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The stuff was breathtaking. Rubby De La Rosa's performance in a spring training game on Friday night, in which he snapped off knee-buckling curveballs, squeezed changeups that dove from bats and, by the way, unloaded explosive 94-96 mph fastballs was the sort of thing that sends a buzz through a crowd and an organization.
Alex Speier
02/27/2013 - 2:23am
There was a fascinating vagueness in the answer, an undefined space that lent itself to speculation.


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NFL SUNDAY -- Pete, Price and Thornton talk about the two divisional playoff games set for later today -- 1-15-17

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NFL SUNDAY -- The NFL decided to move the time of the Chiefs/Steelers game due to an "ice storm"...this isn't your grandfather's NFL -- 1-15-17`

The guys talk about the time change for the other AFC divisional playoff game in Kansas City due to weather conditions. Jerry doesn't agree with the decision and thinks it may have to do with dollar signs - the guys discuss.

NFL SUNDAY -- Seahawks DE Michael Bennett, injured FS Earl Thomas and former Raven Ray Lewis all made headlines yesterday -- 1-15-17

The boys chat about Michael Bennett absolutely going off and ripping a reporter yesterday after Seattle's loss in Atlanta. They also get into Earl Thomas and Ray Lewis making waves on Twitter by going after Tom Brady during the game last night.

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Celtics Podcast - Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul, and it's time for the Celtics to fill their biggest need 12-20-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.

Celtics Podcast - Isaiah Thomas' injury and keeping Marcus Smart in control 12-13-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.

Celtics Podcast – Bad finish against the Rockets and love for DeMarcus Cousins 12-6-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie Bradley Jr.

Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.

Hot Stove Show Hour 2 - Reacting to John Farrell's interview and Red Sox starting pitching depth

Mut, Rob, and John are talking about their interview with Red Sox Manager John Farrell, the Red Sox approach to breaking up the lefties in the rotation, and the platoon at third base.

John Farrell on the Hot Stove Show - Red Sox third base situation, and the WBC

Bradford and Tomase talk with Red Sox Manager John Farrell. They talk about Eduardo Rodriguez recovery from his knee injury, the Red Sox third base competition in spring training, and guys playing in the WBC.

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's K…

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's Ken Laird, Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral and WEEI's Ty Anderson -- It was a very good week for the Bruins-Are they turning things around? -- 1-15-17

Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's Ken Laird, Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral and WEEI's Ty Anderson talk Bruins and the state of Claude Julien's tenure in Boston -- 1-8-16

Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.

Saturday Skate - Khudobin to blame? Julien hot seat? Landeskog trade? 12-17-16

Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.

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K&C - People at WEEI like to interrupt each other 1-13-17

K&C - The "Good Guy" award for interviewees; Kirk lists the X-rated categories; Patriots-Texans minute round 3 1-13-17

Hour 4. K&C gives their own award for who could handle Kirk the best. Kirk, Gerry and Mut make their predictions for the Patriots-Texans game.

K&C - Wilder can't handle the backlash; Fred Toucher doesn't like the K&C bullies 1-13-17

Hour 3. Charlotte Wilder's article has sparked a lot of debate on Twitter. Toucher has some words for K&C.

The Whiner Line 1-13-17

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Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about Josh McDaniels' potential fit in San Francisco, the only remaining opening, and Christian breaks down why 30 year old Coaches fail in the NFL. Also, what can we realistically expect if Jimmy Garoppolo is traded?

Should we be worried how confident we are in the Patriots? 1-13-17

Glenn, Lou, and Christian have slight trepidation about how little worry they have over the Texans this weekend. The worst part is that Lou's Gameday drinking habits will be disrupted...

Previewing Texans @ Patri…

Previewing Texans @ Patriots with Hall of Famer Michael Irvin

Dale, Holley and Keefe preview Pats/Texans and the rest of the NFL divisional matchups with the playmaker, hall of famer Michael Irvin.

Dale, Holley and Keefe's Freestyle Friday Hours 3 & 4 - Isaiah Thomas MVP, NFL Relocations, Patriots Point Spread

The final two hours of our freestyle friday focused on the NFL relocation of teams, Patriots and the point spread, plus whether or not IT is a legitimate contender for MVP.

Dale, Holley and Keefe's Freestyle Friday Hour 2 - National perspective of the Patriots, NFL playoffs

Hour TWO of our Friday show focused on the negative national perspective of Tom Brady and the Patriots, plus we look at the other 3 divisional round matchups.

Ep. 48: John Ziegler - Pe…

Ep. 48: John Ziegler - Penn State Scandal

Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.

Ep. 47: Sean Leahy, Boston Herald sports editor

Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.

Enough About Me Ep. 46: Kevin McHale

Kirk talks with basketball legend Kevin McHale about his Celtics career, as well today's NBA and the current Boston team. Kevin analyzes the theoretical clash of the '86 Celtics and today's Golden State Warriors in addition to how C's heroes of the past would perform in today's game. Also featured: a podcast intro from Kirk's children Cate and Harry.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie Bradley Jr.

Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.

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Ben and Josue talk about the moves the Celtics need to make in order for the team get over the top in the Eastern Conference.

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Real Postgame Show - Give…

Real Postgame Show - Gives instant reaction to the Patriots win over the Houston Texans 01-14-17

Glenn, Fred, and Butch talk about the offensive miscues of the Patriots and the multiple turnovers, which allowed the Texans to keep the game close.

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