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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
05/04/2012 - 7:31am
What he has become is fairly obvious. Will Middlebrooks is the prospect with the glimmering future, the player who at age 23 is in the process of unlocking his considerable potential, emerging as an elite prospect.
Alex Speier
05/02/2012 - 8:00am
The intrigue surrounding the May Day deadline for the Red Sox to add Aaron Cook to their roster, in some ways, reflected an exercise in losing sight of the proverbial forest through the trees.
Alex Speier
05/01/2012 - 8:13am
The good news for the Red Sox is that Clay Buchholz submitted his best start of 2012 on Monday.
Alex Speier
04/24/2012 - 6:38am
When the Red Sox signed Cody Ross to a one-year, $3 million contract as a free agent this winter, the logic seemed glaring. Ross has what most view as a made-for-Fenway swing, a right-handed hitter who tends to launch crowd-scrapers to left.
Alex Speier
04/22/2012 - 3:36am
“This,” said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, “is a psychological situation.”
Alex Speier
04/21/2012 - 6:13am
At the start of the season, it seemed fair to wonder whether the back of the Red Sox rotation would struggle.
Alex Speier
04/19/2012 - 7:53am
It has been an extraordinary decade in the life of Fenway Park under team president Larry Lucchino and the current Red Sox ownership group. The team’s partners has poured $285 million into the 100-year-old structure, with an eye towards preserving the one-of-a-kind aesthetic while at the same time integrating trappings of modernity.
Alex Speier
04/18/2012 - 7:43am
The question regarding Mark Melancon was supposed to be whether he was suited to close or set up. It was not expected to be whether he belonged in the big leagues or the minors.
Alex Speier
04/17/2012 - 4:00am
It is a strange time in the career of Kevin Youkilis, one in which the 33-year-old is confronted by different perceptions and, as such, new uncertainties.
Alex Speier
04/15/2012 - 6:47pm
It is a fascinating exercise to think back to a few relevant pieces of David Ortiz's recent past.
Alex Speier
04/14/2012 - 6:23am
The replay aired repeatedly in the Red Sox clubhouse. Each time, it was met with a reaction by Jacoby Ellsbury’s teammates. Some winced. Some cringed. Others gasped.
Alex Speier
04/13/2012 - 1:34am
What is this team that will be introduced at Fenway Park on Friday? What were the Red Sox thinking when they put it together?
Alex Speier
04/10/2012 - 7:54am
In many respects, the question of what role Daniel Bard should fulfill is secondary to the fact that there can be a question. After all, just a few years ago, such an inquiry would have been impossible. As Bard dominated on his way up to the minors, how much consideration did the Red Sox give to moving the right-hander from the bullpen to the rotation?
Alex Speier
04/08/2012 - 2:00am
DETROIT -- In the past, the milestone of 200 innings has been a goal for Clay Buchholz. This year, it may be a necessity.
Alex Speier
04/07/2012 - 8:47am
DETROIT – It would be terribly premature to cast judgment on the Red Sox bullpen.
Alex Speier
04/06/2012 - 7:28am
DETROIT -- And so it has begun, officially.
Alex Speier
04/05/2012 - 7:10am
Time for WEEI.com’s annual roundtable of 25 Red Sox, 25 questions. A panel of so-called experts examines the roster by addressing a number of timely questions -- um, what? Bailey had…surg…oh my -- about the 2012 roster. Participating this year: Kirk Minihane: WEEI.com Columnist
 Mike Petraglia: WEEI.com Man on Every Scene
 Jon Rish: Red Sox Radio Network

Alex Speier
04/03/2012 - 1:55am
There are different ways of viewing the meaning of spring training, but one consideration typically overshadows all others. Ask any manager in spring training whether his camp is going well and his answer will begin, and sometimes end, with a description of the health of his club.
Alex Speier
04/02/2012 - 2:00am
All spring, it seemed like the rotation was the unsettled part of the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
03/26/2012 - 10:04pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jose Iglesias is better than he was a year ago. Of that there is no question.
Alex Speier
03/25/2012 - 6:39am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Catching is not so much a profession as a vocation or a calling. Perhaps more than any other responsibility in baseball, it is one defined by selflessness.
Alex Speier
03/24/2012 - 7:45am
SARASOTA, Fla. – The next two days could go a long way in defining the shape of the 2012 Red Sox season-opening rotation.
Alex Speier
03/22/2012 - 3:00am
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The tone of Red Sox spring training this year is unquestionably different. That is a direct reflection of the standards articulated by the new Boston manager and the approach he takes to pursuing them.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Gr…

It Is What It Is Cast: Gronk cleared as Pats prepare for start of training camp

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the start of Patriots training camp. Players began arriving for camp on Wednesday, and Bill Belichick broke the news that Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play.

Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, Recapping Patriots OTAs 6-20-14

Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.

It Is What It Is Cast: Tom Brady's present and future

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.

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.

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks…

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks about the impending MLB trade deadline, 7-23-14

With the non-waiver trade deadline a mere 8 days away, Buster talks about the market for guys like Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, Koji Uehara, and the injuries Dustin Pedroia might be dealing with.

Red Sox catcher, David Ross, joins MFB, 7-23-14

David Ross joined the show to talk a little bit about his foot injury, but mostly about some of the other guys on the team. He spoke about Jackie Bradley Jr's defense, Pedroia's leadership, and how well Christian Vasquez is playing.

The Bradfo Show: Talking hitting leadoff with Brock Holt

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.

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

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Starbucks tattoo 7-23-14

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

Jake Peavy is done 7-23-14

The guys discussed Jake Peavy's 1-9 record this season.

Minihane returns 7-23-14

The triumphant return of Kirk Minihane.

Red Sox catcher, David Ro…

Red Sox catcher, David Ross, joins MFB, 7-23-14

David Ross joined the show to talk a little bit about his foot injury, but mostly about some of the other guys on the team. He spoke about Jackie Bradley Jr's defense, Pedroia's leadership, and how well Christian Vasquez is playing.

Three For All: Landscaping goats, 7-23-14

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher puts peanuts in his Diet Coke, and Tim learns that this is actually normal,... in the south. Lou learns that he can get his yard trimmed up nice by goats. Christian sparks a conversation about the stupidest things ever done in the name of love.

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks about the impending MLB trade deadline, 7-23-14

With the non-waiver trade deadline a mere 8 days away, Buster talks about the market for guys like Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, Koji Uehara, and the injuries Dustin Pedroia might be dealing with.

Where is David Ortiz's ri…

Where is David Ortiz's rightful place among the all-time great Red Sox players?

We discuss the home run achievements David Ortiz made last night that moved him ahead of Carl Yaztremski, and discuss Papi's place among all the all-time great Sox sluggers.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Unexpected Phenom Edition - 7-22-14

We tackle four topics all sparked by the unexpected emergence of young Brock Holt in the Red Sox lineup.

Tony Dungy wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam, 7-22-14

The fall out from Tony Dungy's comments about Michael Sam.

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.

We're all yelling about LeBron James

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking hitting leadoff with Brock Holt

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.

Producer's Podcast with Julian Edlow 7-22-14

This week, Sam Packard and Zach Geld talk about the Post-Pierzynski Red Sox. Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog, joins the program to analyze the Celtics off-season, and finally an over-eager discussion of fantasy football.

SoccerCast - Liverpool Midfielder Joe Allen

In this episode we talk about transfers across Europe, players we want to see in the MLS, and Liverpool's Joe Allen joins the show!

Peter Gammons on the Sox …

Peter Gammons on the Sox and Jon Lester 7-21-14

MLB HOF'er Peter Gammons joined the show to discuss what the Sox will do with Jon Lester.

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Steve Buckley on Tony Dun…

Steve Buckley on Tony Dungy's comments 7-22-14

Steve Buckley joined the show to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.

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Minihane returns 7-23-14

Minihane returns 7-23-14

The triumphant return of Kirk Minihane.

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Sox seem to be alive agai…

Sox seem to be alive again, so are you back in?

We talk Sox after a sweep over the Royals at Fenway. We look at fan interest and how nothing in the AL East is even remotely decided at this point.

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Jon Lester continues to d…

Jon Lester continues to dominate 7-21-14

John, Gerry and Jerry Thornton discussed the Red Sox sweep of the Royals.

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