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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
09/21/2012 - 1:20am
Think these Red Sox games are meaningless? Think again. The team's offseason -- and its road map to reload -- could well depend on the outcome of the remaining 11 games in a season in which the Sox have long since been eliminated.
Alex Speier
09/19/2012 - 8:18am
It sounds less like a scouting story than it does like a scene from Indiana Jones. The discovery of Junichi Tazawa, currently the most dominant pitcher on the Red Sox, required stealth, persistence, courage and, yes, a sense of adventure. 
Alex Speier
09/17/2012 - 8:37am
A quick review of the Red Sox’ weekend:  On Friday, Bobby Valentine said his team had the worst September roster ever assembled. 
Alex Speier
09/14/2012 - 9:07am
So a Red Sox lineup stripped down to spare parts couldn’t score a run in a 2-0 loss to the Yankees. No surprise. 
Alex Speier
09/13/2012 - 9:15am
It seemed safe to suggest that Kevin Youkilis wasn’t going to come back to Boston anytime soon to play for Bobby Valentine. But just in case there was any doubt … 
Alex Speier
09/12/2012 - 8:59am
The Red Sox enjoyed a rare feel-good moment in a September baseball game, a walkoff 4-3 win over the Yankees that gave the team its second victory of the month.
Alex Speier
09/11/2012 - 8:08am
It is a strange era in the lives of baseball’s two foremost financial heavyweights. 
Alex Speier
09/10/2012 - 7:35am
  The admission came as little surprise. David Ortiz is almost surely done for a 2012 season that was shaping up to be one of his best. 
Alex Speier
09/08/2012 - 8:12am
A throng crowded the Blue Jays dugout, waiting for Toronto manager John Farrell.
Alex Speier
09/06/2012 - 8:00am
“This day, it’s a special day. It’s more than a special day. It’s the beginning of a life that I think is going to extend beyond anything that I ever thought of doing. The talent, the players, the talent level, the players that we have in this organization I think is a gift to anyone. I’m a receiver of that gift.
Alex Speier
09/04/2012 - 10:08am
It is a devastatingly bleak landscape. The Red Sox currently find themselves in a desert. Little is visible but the vultures picking away at the carcass of what remains of a 2012 season that is decomposing by the day.
Alex Speier
08/31/2012 - 1:41am
It is impossible not to take note of Angels phenom Mike Trout. His ability to impact the game seems limitless. He is delivering an MVP-caliber performance in which he is hitting for average and power, getting on base at an elite clip, stealing bases like crazy and making seemingly every defensive play imaginable.
Alex Speier
08/26/2012 - 9:31am
There weren’t any other conclusions to draw. The Red Sox roster just wasn’t that good.
Alex Speier
08/23/2012 - 8:29am
History lesson: The Red Sox have made one white-flag trade since 1998, a move that signaled that they had given up on the season. That came on Aug. 31, 2006, when the team looked in the mirror, saw no hope of contending and dealt left-hander David Wells to the Padres for catcher George Kottaras.
Alex Speier
08/22/2012 - 8:29am
As chance had it, the man with more experience clashing with Bobby Valentine than anyone else in the world was at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.
Alex Speier
08/20/2012 - 7:18am
NEW YORK -- It’s no secret that the decision to commit $150 million to Josh Beckett and John Lackey in an ill-fated five-month stretch impacted the Red Sox dra
Alex Speier
08/18/2012 - 10:21pm
NEW YORK – Who is this Pedro Ciriaco? How is it possible that he’s doing this to the Yankees? How did he get to the Red Sox?
Alex Speier
08/18/2012 - 8:03am
NEW YORK -- A stat pack sat on the desk in front of Bobby Valentine as he tried to process his team’s latest defeat.
Alex Speier
08/13/2012 - 7:49am
Now, finally, the Red Sox are seeing the real Adrian Gonzalez. Or are they?
Alex Speier
08/10/2012 - 1:54am
This is the formula for failure. For years, the success of the Red Sox lineup was built on a philosophy of patience and plate discipline. Those have now gone out the window.
Alex Speier
08/07/2012 - 8:13am
Ultimately, it’s not about Bobby Valentine. Terrible managers have won the World Series, as have some who were loathed by their teams. Great managers, wildly popular in their own clubhouses, have failed to do so.
Alex Speier
08/05/2012 - 7:08am
The injuries had piled up to such a degree that it was easy to view it as just more of the same.
Alex Speier
08/02/2012 - 3:50am
What to make of the Red Sox catching situation at a time when uncertainty surrounds it?


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Christopher Price - New drug policy will not shorten Browner and Tyms suspension, 9-17-14

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It Is What It Is Cast: Patriots prepare for home opener vs. Raiders

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the Patriots' home opener against the Oakland Raiders, a team they should beat without too much trouble.

Inside the NFL : Peter King with Dale and Holley

We check in with Peter King from SI/MMQB for our weekly look at the National Football League and more.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

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.

Sox Manager John Farrell …

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks Orioles, Red Sox offense, and David Ortiz, 9-17-14

The Orioles seemed to have a lot of fun last night clinching the AL East. Buster said the biggest problem for Boston this year was the offense production dropping so dramatically in one year. Bogaerts, Pierzynski, and Bradley Jr. are the most obvious culprits. Also, Buster surmises that the Red Sox front office has to be a little uneasy with the fact that their best offensive player, David Ortiz, is in this LATE 30's.

Xander Bogaerts with Joe & Dave after the last game of the series in Kansas City

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

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

Jim Souhan on Adrian Pete…

Jim Souhan on Adrian Peterson 9-17-14

Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Adrian Peterson.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Everett gets a casino 9-17-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

Adrian Peterson finally reprimanded 9-17-14

The guys react to the Adrian Peterson news.

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks…

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks Orioles, Red Sox offense, and David Ortiz, 9-17-14

The Orioles seemed to have a lot of fun last night clinching the AL East. Buster said the biggest problem for Boston this year was the offense production dropping so dramatically in one year. Bogaerts, Pierzynski, and Bradley Jr. are the most obvious culprits. Also, Buster surmises that the Red Sox front office has to be a little uneasy with the fact that their best offensive player, David Ortiz, is in this LATE 30's.

Christopher Price - New drug policy will not shorten Browner and Tyms suspension, 9-17-14

Christopher Price, WEEI.com spoke with the guys about the new NFL drug policy and what it means for certain players in the league. He also spoke about the importance of getting Danny Amendola involved in the offense. The Patriots are still trying to find the BEST way to utilize Chandler Jones. And rookie Raiders QB Derek Carr is a bit of a wild-card heading into Sunday's match up.

Three For All - Lolo Jones is a horrible dancer, 9-17-14

LeBron James will be starring in a movie as... LeBron James. TMZ reveals PHOTOS of Danielle Watts having sex with her boyfriend in broad daylight. Lolo Jones is an awkward, bad, excuse-making dancer.

Did the NFL cave because …

Did the NFL cave because of sponsors and their money, or are the sponsors hypocritical too?

We discuss the NFL's moves to put Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy on a 'reserve/Commissioner's exemption' list. Is it because of threats from paying sponsors? Or are the sponsors themselves bathing in hypocrisy?

John Farrell speaks with Dale and Holley about the Red Sox debut for Rusney Castillo

As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.

UNH Law Professor Michael McCann speaks to Dale and Holley about the NFL's ongoing legal cases with Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice

We check in with the great Michael McCann for his insight on the latest legal developments for the NFL.

Jim Koch joins Planet Mik…

Jim Koch joins Planet Mikey

Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.

Danny Picard talks Red Sox and Patriots with Mike Giardi

Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.

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.

Dennis & Callahan's Break…

Dennis & Callahan's Breaking Balls Podcast: The NFL's hot mess, Jenny Dell and who has bad breath.

Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.

Minor Details Ep. 100: A minor centennial with Rob Bradford, Mike Hazen and Jim Callis

The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.

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Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.

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Tom Brady on the week two win 9-15-14

Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the week two win.

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Rodney Harrison chooses not to comment on Adrian Peterson, 9-16-14

Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.

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Tim Hasselbeck on Adrian Peterson 9-15-14

Tim Hasselbeck on week two in the NFL and the Adrian Peterson mess.

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Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.

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