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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 - 9:00am
Jacoby Ellsbury would have made the play.
Alex Speier
05/08/2012 - 8:00am
The Rushmore of Red Sox second baseman has two faces on it.
Alex Speier
05/07/2012 - 7:29am
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 - 6:35am
He is a rare breed.
Alex Speier
05/04/2012 - 6:31am
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 - 7:00am
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 - 7:13am
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 - 6:00am
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 - 5:38am
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 - 2:36am
“This,” said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, “is a psychological situation.”
Alex Speier
04/21/2012 - 5:13am
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 - 6:53am
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 - 6:43am
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 - 3:00am
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 - 5:47pm
It is a fascinating exercise to think back to a few relevant pieces of David Ortiz's recent past.
Alex Speier
04/14/2012 - 5:23am
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 - 12:34am
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 - 6:54am
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 - 1:00am
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 - 7:47am
DETROIT – It would be terribly premature to cast judgment on the Red Sox bullpen.
Alex Speier
04/06/2012 - 6:28am
DETROIT -- And so it has begun, officially.
Alex Speier
04/05/2012 - 6:10am
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 - 1:45am
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 - 12:55am
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 - 1:00am
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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