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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
08/18/2012 - 9:21pm
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 - 7:03am
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 - 6:49am
Now, finally, the Red Sox are seeing the real Adrian Gonzalez. Or are they?
Alex Speier
08/10/2012 - 12:54am
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 - 7:13am
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 - 6:08am
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 - 2:50am
What to make of the Red Sox catching situation at a time when uncertainty surrounds it?
Alex Speier
07/31/2012 - 7:04am
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 - 7:13am
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 - 7:16am
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 - 7:18am
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 - 6:55am
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 - 6:32am
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 - 2:34pm
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.
Alex Speier
07/20/2012 - 1:13am
Three things drew Cody Ross to what he considered a dream profession as a child: athleticism, danger and the potential for heroism. But the venue where he daydreamed of demonstrating those traits was not a baseball field. Ross wanted to be a rodeo clown.
Alex Speier
07/19/2012 - 7:07am
It started modestly with a few 1-for-4 games that featured a single a night in late June. But the drumbeat soon picked up, a 2-for-5, a 2-for-3, a 2-for-4, a 2-for-5.
Alex Speier
07/17/2012 - 7:01am
It’s that time again. The trade deadline season typically takes on a bizarre life, in which information and misinformation are ladled in equal measure, usually with something as simple as an adverb or adjective. So it was on Monday night.
Alex Speier
07/16/2012 - 6:10am
With just over two weeks remaining before the July 31 trade deadline, the Red Sox are in very foreign territory as to how to proceed. They view themselves as contenders, yet their plans of how to sell seem more defined than those of how they might buy.
Alex Speier
07/10/2012 - 7:38am
KANSAS CITY – David Ortiz seemed lonely.
Alex Speier
07/09/2012 - 2:37am
KANSAS CITY -- Xander Bogaerts served as the designated hitter for the World team at the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday. But it didn’t necessarily have to be that way.
Alex Speier
07/05/2012 - 6:54pm
It didn't take long for the halo from David Ortiz's 400th career homer to disappear. 
Alex Speier
07/03/2012 - 7:10am
There was a fascinating symmetry to the setting.
Alex Speier
06/30/2012 - 5:27am
Cody Ross is having the career year that no one is noticing. In the process, he is doing his best to demolish the logic behind the criticisms of the Red Sox’ most controversial roster move of the offseason.
Alex Speier
06/26/2012 - 5:54am
Three years ago, when David Ortiz was enmeshed in a staggering slump to open the season, his relationship with his age and time started to assume an ominous prominence. Was time catching up to him? At 33, was he done as an elite hitter?
Alex Speier
06/24/2012 - 7:00am
It would be a mistake to say that the Red Sox have failed to draft and develop their own homegrown power hitters.


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WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.

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SB Nation's Paul Flannery joins Mike Mutnansky, 2-19-15

Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline

SI's Chris Mannix with Dale and Holley

We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.

We Love Anthony Davis - Jessica Camerato joins us to talk Marcus Smart

Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.

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WEEI.com's Rob Bradford (@Bradfo) joins Butch Stearns from sunny Fort Myers on "Picture Day" 3-1-15

The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.

David Ortiz says remove instant replay to increase pace of baseball

David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.

Hot Stove Show 02-26-15

Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game

Sunday Skate with WEEI's …

Sunday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean and ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald - Hour #2 3-1-15

In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.

Sunday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean and ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald - Hour #1 3-1-15

Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.

Scott Burnside, ESPN, joins DJ Bean and Joey Mac on Sunday Skate 3-1-15

Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Bill O'Reilly lied 3-3-15

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Patriots don't play tag with Devin McCourty 3-3-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the Patriots choice not to use the franchise tag on Devin McCourty.

Gerry declares Mookie Betts the winner in center field 3-3-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk kick off thier second to last day in Fort Myers by looking at the competition in center field.

Patriots don't give McCou…

Patriots don't give McCourty franchise tag, MFB reacts 3-3-15

Lou, Christian and Tim react to the Patriots opting to not give Safety Devin McCourty the franchise tag, and instead opting to tag Kicker Stephen Gostkowski

Three For All - Dunkin Donuts steals Christian's bacon-doughnut idea, 3-2-15

Dunkin Donuts liked Christian's "bacon covered doughnut" idea. SNL does an ISIS skit. The Pittsburg Pirates issued a statement condemning "Jihadi John's" Pirates hat.

Adam Schefter, ESPN, thinks Revis will hit the free agency, 3-2-15

With free agency looming, Adam Schefter, on Sportscenter, said that he thinks Darrelle Revis will NOT be re-signed by the Patriots and that they will cut him instead, making him the most coveted free agent on the market.

With only a few minor mov…

With only a few minor moves, have the Bruins done enough to compete in 2015?

Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins AFTER the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Trade Deadline Deals Edition - 03-02-15

We examine four trade deadline day deals that helped or affected Boston teams in recent history.

What do the Bruins need to do at the deadline?

Michael, Mike Mutnansky and Jerry Thornton talk Bruins before the trade-deadline and check in with the fans.

The Rev Girls come in stu…

The Rev Girls come in studio to talk MLS

Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.

Bill "Spaceman" Lee talks Red Sox spring training andCuban baseball players

Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.

Kirk Minihane calls to clear the air with Mikey

Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.

D&C's Breaking Balls: The…

D&C's Breaking Balls: The podcast is on the road with special guest Doug Lane 3-2-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about their time in Fort Myers and are joined by a special guest, Doug Lane.

College Puckcast – BU coach David Quinn talks Beanpot title, state of team

Boston University coach David Quinn joins WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin to discuss the Terriers’ Beanpot title and how he feels about his team as the postseason approaches. Quinn also discusses reports about NHL interest in goalie Matt O’Connor and briefly touches on a recent misstep by Jack Eichel.

We Love Anthony Davis - We Love Isaiah Thomas Too

After a wild trade deadline, Ben Kichen and Sam Packard breakdown the Celtics and the rest of the NBA. Then Sam yells at Ben about the use of analytics in basketball. Ben yells back.

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Curt Schilling takes on the Twitter trolls 3-2-15

Curt Schilling didn't back down when twitter trolls took shots at his daughter. Dino, Gerry and Kirk applaud Schill's stand.

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