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About Alex Speier

Before he joined, 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.

Alex Speier
11/09/2011 - 9:21am
Well, that didn’t take long.
Alex Speier
11/08/2011 - 8:55am
As Dan Duquette gets ready to re-enter Major League Baseball after a hiatus of nearly 10 years, it is worth reconsidering one contentious area of the new Orioles general manager’s track record in Boston.
Alex Speier
11/03/2011 - 2:00am
There is little question that the next manager of the Red Sox will face a challenging yet potentially highly rewarding task. He will inherit a team that looked like it would storm into -- and perhaps even through -- the playoffs for much of the year, only to endure an historic collapse in month-long slow motion.
Alex Speier
11/02/2011 - 7:37am
On Tuesday night, the baseball world recognized Jacoby Ellsbury as one of the defensively elite players in the game.
Alex Speier
10/31/2011 - 9:00am
It didn’t take long. Already, the Red Sox’ managerial search has produced some raised eyebrows. After Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin interviews on Monday, the next man in the queue will be one whose name comes with a degree of infamy in Boston: Dale Sveum.
Alex Speier
10/28/2011 - 1:10am
There is no doubt that the 2012 Red Sox will be a reconfigured team. Already, the team knows it will be without John Lackey next year, leaving two vacancies in the rotation.
Alex Speier
10/26/2011 - 2:46am
CHICAGO and BOSTON -- It was a day unlike any other in Red Sox front office history, one that -- emotionally and geographically -- was all over the map.
Alex Speier
10/25/2011 - 12:00am
In the days that have passed and the days to come, plenty of space has been and will be devoted to the legacy of Theo Epstein in his time as general manager of the Red Sox. And rightly so.
Alex Speier
10/21/2011 - 8:54am
It was a day when Major League Baseball could celebrate David Ortiz as both a player and a person.
Alex Speier
10/19/2011 - 9:08pm
At first, the idea seemed comical to Cubs right-hander Trey McNutt. Minor leaguers learn to live with the reality that they might be traded. But few can brace themselves for the notion that they might be sent to another franchise as part of a compensation package for a general manager.
Alex Speier
10/15/2011 - 9:26am
The horrific performance of the Red Sox rotation in 2011 has been well-documented. Nonetheless, in case you forgot . . .
Alex Speier
10/13/2011 - 8:00am
The perception is that the greasy-fingered dysfunction of the Red Sox clubhouse represented a black hole from which hope could not escape.
Alex Speier
10/12/2011 - 6:27am
It was a time when general managers had suddenly been turned into the iconic faces of franchises.
Alex Speier
10/07/2011 - 11:00pm
The American League Championship Series begins on Saturday, and it will be as notable for the teams that are not participating in it as those that are.
Alex Speier
10/06/2011 - 7:26am
The scenario is strikingly familiar: A new owner of a storied but star-crossed franchise seeks an established general manager to serve as the architect who will end an incredible championship drought.
Alex Speier
10/04/2011 - 4:00am
There is one area of unanimous agreement in the aftermath of Terry Francona's departure as manager of the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
10/01/2011 - 8:59am
It was not, technically, a firing, but it wasn't a happy parting of ways.
Alex Speier
09/29/2011 - 8:00am
BALTIMORE -- Those few remaining members of the Red Sox who have been with the organization since 2003 have experienced the greatest pinnacles the franchise has ever known, and lessons that instilled hope in seemingly the bleakest of circumstances.
Alex Speier
09/28/2011 - 4:00am
BALTIMORE -- It was a huge night, but certain aspects of Ryan Lavarnway’s memorable night in Baltimore, in which he made his first career start as a catcher, were not shocking.
Alex Speier
09/26/2011 - 7:38am
NEW YORK – It was the sort of game that made it seem as if the season hung in the balance.
Alex Speier
09/25/2011 - 6:00am
NEW YORK -- Carl Crawford became a $20 million a year player because the baseball industry had come around to value a player’s complete skill set.
Alex Speier
09/24/2011 - 2:00am
NEW YORK – For the Red Sox, the season increasingly represents a race against time.
Alex Speier
09/24/2011 - 12:49am
NEW YORK – On the one hand, there is a reality that the Red Sox face with Clay Buchholz. The right-hander has not pitched since June 16 while recovering from a stress fracture in his lower back.
Alex Speier
09/21/2011 - 2:44am
What is the current state of the Red Sox rotation?
Alex Speier
09/20/2011 - 7:13am
With eight games left, it is a pitching staff that features startling uncertainty.

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Michael Irvin with Dale and Holley

One of our favorite segments every week is when we get the chance to talk to the playmaker, Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin.

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The guys asked Patriots LB Jerod Mayo about Tom Brady's mobility and athleticism. In his response, Jerod called Tom "a cerebral quarterback" and said he'd rather have a guy who runs a 4.8 in the right direction than a guy who runs a 4.3 in the wrong direction.

Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

We get the coach's take on all things Patriots as the Patriots roll the Jaguars and head into the bye week at 3-0

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Celtics Podcast - Media Day and The Wire

Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.

We Love Anthony Davis - Should the Celtics Trade Avery Bradley?

Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.

We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

Torey Luvollo with Dale, …

Torey Luvollo with Dale, Holley and Thornton

We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.

Blake Swihart Player of the Game Interview 09-29-15

Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.

Jackie Bradley Jr Player of the Game Interview 09-28-15

Joe and Dave talk with Jackie Bradley Jr. after he hit a 2 run home run and made two leaping catches as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-1 tonight.

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Butch & Bradfo featuring DJ Bean talk #Bruins lines and season outlook

DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

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Final weigh-in- The producers tip the scales 10-2-15

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Headlines, Headlines, Headlines- The truth behind the viral fisherman 10-2-15

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Bobby the gang member on gun control 10-2-15

Bobby calls in from the streets to talk about gang life and gun control.

How far off are the Red S…

How far off are the Red Sox from being good next season? 10-2-15

With the emergence of the young players for the Red Sox this season, they're starting to look like they can be competitive next season. The guys discuss this and talk more about whether Farrell should be the manager next season when he gets healthy.

Should John Farrell be the manager of the Red Sox when he gets healthy? 10-2-15

Leaks have come out over the last few days that John Farrell will return to the Red Sox when he gets healthy, but is this the right decision? Glenn, Lou and Christian discuss whether or not his job should be safe.

Was Ben Roethlisberger on his cell phone last night during the game? 10-2-15

It looked like Ben Roethlisberger was on his cell phone during last night's Thursday Night Football game against the Ravens. Should this be a big issue? Do Patriots fans have reason to be upset that the NFL isn't making this a big deal?

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The Pats are in Rex's head because he has a 'prison-guard mentality'.

One of our favorite segments every week is when we get the chance to talk to the playmaker, Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin.

How is it possible that steroid-suspended A-Rod is a candidate for MLB Comeback Player of the Year?

A player that was suspended for PED use is really the top candidate for baseball's comeback player of the year? How is that possible? We discuss it.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive - 10-02-15

We wrap up the week with some of the best sound bites that you may have missed.

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Chris Villani and John Tomase: All hail the great and obvious Judge Berman

Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.

Planet Mikey - Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Brady Exonerated!

Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.

Planet Mikey - What should the Red Sox outfield be?

Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.

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#RedSox Farm Report Podcast - Top 10 Prospects and Season in Review

Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable take a look back at the 2015 season for the Boston Red Sox and their affiliates, including who the guys think should be classified as the team's Top 10 prospects. Also, a check in with play-by-play voices this year in Pawtucket, Portland, Salem, and Greenville as well as Ken's one-on-one interview with Offensive Player of the Year Sam Travis.

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Jerry is joined by former sports reporter turned professional chef Jen Royle to discuss her upcoming fight for Haymakers For Hope.

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We discuss the woes of Chelsea and Liverpool and the Revs rebounding to push into the playoffs. Plus the book on YoungBen is very flattering.

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Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Ben Roethlisberger sidelines phone story... is it a big deal? Are Patriots fans over-reacting? What would happen if this were the Patriots with a phone on the sidelines? Should we be the 'bigger men' and just move on? We discuss.

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