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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
03/14/2012 - 5:49pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When Jon Lester was emerging as a Red Sox prospect, one of his minor league coaches, Al Nipper, offered an interesting compare-and-contrast exercise.
Alex Speier
03/13/2012 - 6:32am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The description was unusual.
Alex Speier
03/12/2012 - 12:00am
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Jon Lester and Aaron Cook were aware that they would be pitching in the same game on Sunday.
Alex Speier
03/11/2012 - 9:36am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It is, said Bobby Valentine, the most befuddling aspect of the Red Sox roster. There is no part of the team that has many question marks as the bullpen.
Alex Speier
03/10/2012 - 9:43am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This is the seventh and potentially final spring training for Michael Bowden as a member of the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
03/08/2012 - 1:41am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He never wanted to play professional baseball before his 19-year big league career. He is the 59-year-old father of newborn twins. He is paid to analyze the mechanics of throwing a baseball yet does not like to discuss them. Meet Bob McClure, the new Red Sox pitching coach.
Alex Speier
03/06/2012 - 6:44pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Daniel Bard was once a starter, but that now seems like a lifetime ago.
Alex Speier
02/29/2012 - 7:58am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The question gave Bobby Valentine pause. He considered it, but after a few moments of reflection, a definitive answer eluded him.
Alex Speier
02/28/2012 - 8:38am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The end is now all but official for Jason Varitek, the only remaining act of his illustrious Red Sox career being the formality of the announcement of his retirement on Thursday.
Alex Speier
02/26/2012 - 4:53am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Because last year ended with humiliation, this year has begun with humility.
Alex Speier
02/24/2012 - 7:58am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- What kind of workload can Daniel Bard handle? That question looms over his potential relocation from the bullpen to the rotation.
Alex Speier
02/21/2012 - 7:14am
FORT MYERS – In a sense, the momentous task facing Bob McClure began even before he was named the Red Sox pitching coach on in late-December, just days before Christmas.
Alex Speier
02/19/2012 - 7:51am
FORT MYERS – The story of Tim Wakefield’s career is one that has relevant echoes for the 2012 Red Sox.
Alex Speier
02/18/2012 - 9:00am
FORT MYERS -- As he enters retirement following a 19-year major league career that netted 200 victories, there are any number of ways to understand the career of Tim Wakefield.
Alex Speier
02/17/2012 - 8:36am
FORT MYERS -- The issue is not the unsettled shape of the Red Sox pitching staff.
Alex Speier
02/16/2012 - 9:31am
FORT MYERS -- One of the most intriguing players to watch in Red Sox spring training this year will have virtually no shot at starting the season in the major leagues.
Alex Speier
02/10/2012 - 9:15am
As the trade deadline approached in 2011, the Red Sox felt their hands, to a degree, were tied. Ditto 2010.
Alex Speier
02/08/2012 - 12:43pm
It has been a decade since the Red Sox have gone to an arbitration hearing with a player. In 2002, the process taking place between the team and pitcher Rolando Arrojo received little notice. This year, however, the stakes will be a bit higher if the Sox end up in front of a panel of three arbitrators.
Alex Speier
02/03/2012 - 4:59pm
Aaron Cook could have chosen an easier path this offseason.
Alex Speier
01/31/2012 - 8:57am
No Red Sox move this offseason raised more eyebrows than the decision this month to trade Marco Scutaro -- who was poised to serve as the team's everyday shortstop -- to the Rockies while turning the position over to Mike Avi
Alex Speier
01/26/2012 - 12:56pm
For all of the handwringing about the Red Sox’ approach to the luxury tax, the reality is that the team is already projected to push past the $178 million threshold for the 2012 season for the seventh time in nine seasons.
Alex Speier
01/24/2012 - 7:21am
So long as his 2011 season with the Giants was an aberration, the Red Sox acquired a player who fits their roster in a number of ways by agreeing (according to multiple major league sources) with outfielder
Alex Speier
01/23/2012 - 10:00am
The trade of Marco Scutaro was treated throughout baseball as a confounding maneuver.
Alex Speier
01/19/2012 - 9:00am
On paper, the Red Sox feature three locks in their rotation and what seems like about a dozen question marks whom the team hopes to re-shape into a couple of answers.


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