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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
05/10/2012 - 10:00am
Jacoby Ellsbury would have made the play.
Alex Speier
05/08/2012 - 9:00am
The Rushmore of Red Sox second baseman has two faces on it.
Alex Speier
05/07/2012 - 8:29am
We’ve seen this before. In 2008, Clay Buchholz was a rookie with all the promise in the world who became shocked by his own failures. After a respectable start (3.71 ERA through his first 10 outings with a 2-2 record), his season got derailed and could not get back on track.
Alex Speier
05/05/2012 - 7:35am
He is a rare breed.
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. The bad news is that it was the final chapter of a month in which, statistically, Buchholz was among the worst starters in baseball.
Alex Speier
04/25/2012 - 7:00am
Plenty went wrong for the Red Sox in their 4-10 start, but while most of the attention was directed at a pitching staff that gave up runs by the handful along with the injury to Jacoby Ellsbury, there was an overlooked component to the st
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.
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.
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:
Alex Speier
04/04/2012 - 2:45am
Before 2011, Jon Lester and Justin Verlander were viewed as belonging to the same pitching class, two young hurlers with similarly outrageous power stuff and numbers, both capable of complete dominance (witness
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. After all, the team spent the entire exhibition slate with a TBA slapped upon the last two starting spots, with the performances of as many as six starting candidates being treated like the shifting fates of the Dow Jones.


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Mike Reiss with Dale, Hol…

Mike Reiss with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Roger Goodell is maddening! -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- A look at the AFC East post NFL Draft -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins…

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins Giardi and Bradford to preview the NBA Draft and the future of the Celtics - "They're looking to get a starter this year, a starter in next year's draft and possibly a free agent starter...Kevin Durant is not coming here." ...

Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.

Head Coach Brad Stevens with Dale and Holley

Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NBA.com's Ian Thomsen on Spurs-Thunder Ending, Danny Ainge's next move for Celtics 5/3

Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.

Red Sox Review with Chris…

Red Sox Review with Christian Arcand 5-22-16

Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.

David Ortiz Player Of The Game Interview

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.

Torey Lovullo, Red Sox Bench Coach, sits down with Mike Giardi and Rob Bradford live at Fenway Park -- 5-22-16

Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean…

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

Butch Stearns with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- The season is officially over for the Bruins; where do we go from here? -- 4-10-16

Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.

Jim Polito hangs up on us…

Jim Polito hangs up on us, 5-24-16

Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.

Turtleboy on Auburn cop killer case, 5-24-16

Turtleboy from Turtleboy Sports joins the guys to talk about the cop killer.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines--Masterbating to celebrities, Cosby, Kevin Paul Dupont

The list of top 20 celebrities people masterbate to, Cosby is in trouble again, and Dupont wrote another column.

Tom Brady files his lates…

Tom Brady files his latest appeal and the Red Sox keep rolling 5-23-16

The guys start off the show talking about the latest Deflategate news and recap a full weekend of Red Sox action against the Indians.

Lou falls in love (again) with Joe Kelly 5-23-16

Joe Kelly threw 6.2 no-hit innings in his first start since returning from the DL on Saturday, and Lou gets very exciting thinking about Joe Kelly and his potential.

DeMaurice Smith talks about Bray's latest appeal 5-23-16

DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFL PA spoke out about why Tom Brady and his team are filing another appeal, and the guys break down what the latest Deflategate news means for Brady going forward.

Michael McCann - Odds are…

Michael McCann - Odds are low that NFLPA/Brady's latest legal petition will be successful

We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.

Michael Holley won't eat crow on Joe Kelly (yet)

We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.

Celtics options with the #3 pick creates great debate among fans, plus NBA semis talk

Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics options with the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft, plus talk a little NBA semi-finals as we await word on whether Draymond Green will be suspended.

Planet Mikey Show Hour 4 …

Planet Mikey Show Hour 4 5-23-16

Hour 4 of The Planet Mikey Show w/ Christian Arcand.

Planet Mikey Show Hour 3 5-23-16

Hour 3 of The Planet Mikey Show w/ Christian Arcand

Planet Mike Show Hour 2 5-23-16

Hour 2 of The Planet Mikey Show w/ Christian Arcand

It Is What It Is Cast - C…

It Is What It Is Cast - Chris Price talks to Phil Perry about Tom Brady & the latest Deflategate news

In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.

Sports Check Up – Ep.1: Christian Fauria and Dr. Thomas Gill discuss recent Red Sox injuries

Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.

Bradfo Show: Mike Lowell, Travis Shaw talk being tall, playing third base

Rob Bradford sits down with both former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell and current Sox three-bagger, Travis Shaw, for an in-depth discussion on what it's like to be a 6-foot-3, starting third baseman in Boston.

Kirk goes on a rant, orde…

Kirk goes on a rant, orders Gerry's mic shut off, 5-23-16

Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.

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No one is safe in OMF's first ever Whiner line.

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Red Sox have three MVPs right now, 5-23-16

Ortiz, Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr are all MVP candidates. Chili Davis should be too.

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Brady lawyer, Ted Olson, speaks about the latest Deflategate news on GMA and Gerry reads Larry King's latest Kings Things.

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D&C - Curt Schilling talks #RedSox & again calls Stephen A. Smith a racist 5-18-16

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