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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
09/11/2012 - 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?
Alex Speier
07/31/2012 - 8:04am
Of course Josh Beckett is scheduled to be on the hill on Tuesday night. You expected someone else to serve as the face of the trade deadline for the Red Sox?
Alex Speier
07/27/2012 - 8:13am
There’s a very good chance that the Red Sox remain relatively quiet at the trade deadline, that they pass on the high-end, impact big leaguers in a season where the team’s realistic chances of a playoff run are slim.
Alex Speier
07/26/2012 - 8:16am
In the early months of last season, shortly after the Red Sox signed Adrian Gonzalez to a long-term deal that locked him up through 2018 and Clay Buchholz to a
Alex Speier
07/25/2012 - 8:18am
The natural temptation was to bail out. The slider from Joe Nathan is a pitch that makes right-handed hitters weep, that looks like it will do them harm before sweeping back over the plate and clipping the outside corner. But Mike Aviles is not into bailing out at the first glimpse of adversity.
Alex Speier
07/24/2012 - 7:55am
There’s one week left before the trade deadline, and the Red Sox find themselves in No Man’s Land.
Alex Speier
07/21/2012 - 7:32am
The red flags about Josh Beckett are everywhere this year. His latest performance -- a six-inning, five-run (four earned) yield in Friday's 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays, will do little to mollify those whose anxiety about him is sky high.
Alex Speier
07/20/2012 - 3:34pm
It is a statistical line that is uncomfortable to contemplate. Players are expected to struggle in their pro debuts. But few ever have endured the stretch that Shaq Thompson, an outfielder whom the Red Sox took in the 18th round of the 2012 draft, experienced in his first taste of professional baseball.


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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.

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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 talks Castil…

Buster Olney talks Castillo, Stanton, Koji and Lester, 8-27-14

As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network on the Castillo signing 8-22-14

Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Castillo signing, Giancarlo Stanton, and the MLB's pace of play.

Daniel Nava with Dave O'Brien and Lou Merloni after the win against the Astros

The Sox outfielder joined Dave and Lou after the comeback win, in which he had three hits and knocked in the tying run.

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

Rick Stroud on the Logan …

Rick Stroud on the Logan Mankins trade 8-27-14

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times discussed the Logan Mankins deal.

Chris Nowinski on the future of Wes Welker

Chris Nowinski discussed the future of Wes Welker.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Robin Williams joke 8-27-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Buck.

Buster Olney talks Castil…

Buster Olney talks Castillo, Stanton, Koji and Lester, 8-27-14

As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.

Three For All: Lou hunts bats, 8-27-14

Tim talks about the city of Las Vegas attempting to get an NHL franchise. Lou wards off "huge" bat. Christian winds up in the dog house again, for what happened on MFB yesterday.

Jenny Dell lashes out at Lou Merloni on Twitter, 8-27-14

After Will Middlebrooks struck out against a position player, Steve Tolleson, last night against Toronto, he seemed to be laughing as he left the batter's box. Lou critiqued Middlebrooks on Twitter, which caused Will's fiance Jenny Dell to tweet (indirectly) in defense of her man.

4 at 4 Patriots Surprisin…

4 at 4 Patriots Surprising Deals 8-27-14

Today we discuss the four most famous Pats players that Bill Belichick surprisingly dealt away.

4 at 4: AFC East Preview 8-26-14

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Taylor Twellman, on Wes Welker and concussions. 8-26-14

Taylor Twellman, who had to end his career early due to concussions, discusses Wes Welker's most recent concussion.

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.

Minor Details Ep. 98: You…

Minor Details Ep. 98: Youth without the transition - Rusney Castillo and Brock Holt

How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Bradfo Show: Who will be the next Hall of Famers?

Rob Bradford is joined by Turtleboy of TurtleboySports.com to discuss which current major leaguers might be in line to become Hall of Famers. The duo dive into the difficulties facing the current crop of big leaguers when trying to reach Hall of Fame status.

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Jenny Dell lashes out at …

Jenny Dell lashes out at Lou Merloni on Twitter, 8-27-14

After Will Middlebrooks struck out against a position player, Steve Tolleson, last night against Toronto, he seemed to be laughing as he left the batter's box. Lou critiqued Middlebrooks on Twitter, which caused Will's fiance Jenny Dell to tweet (indirectly) in defense of her man.

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Rick Stroud on the Logan Mankins trade 8-27-14

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