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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
07/25/2011 - 3:52am
The trade deadline: Even for contenders, it’s not just about 2011. July 31 represents the end-point for teams to make trades that do not require waivers. The final days building up to the end of the month invariably feature a flurry of rumors and activity as teams look to improve their positions.
Alex Speier
07/23/2011 - 6:41am
In retrospect, the fact falls somewhere between amusing and puzzling to consider.
Alex Speier
07/21/2011 - 1:52pm
Few events crystallize perceptions of a farm system like the trade deadline.
Alex Speier
07/20/2011 - 5:44pm
BALTIMORE -- It is the sort of line that a team encounters a few times a decade, if that. Andrew Miller walked six batters, a recipe for disaster. Yet when in the strike zone, his stuff was so good that he still managed to toss 5 2/3 shutout innings in which he allowed just two hits and struck out three. It was an outing in which he was mostly dominating, with a couple of hiccups in which he and the Red Sox managed to escape disaster en route to a 4-0 victory over the Orioles.
Alex Speier
07/20/2011 - 7:13am
BALTIMORE — And so it would appear that the Red Sox are deep into the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes. Again.
Alex Speier
07/19/2011 - 7:20am
BALTIMORE – So, yes, it is the final two weeks before the trade deadline, and the inevitable debates will occur with increasing passion.
Alex Speier
07/18/2011 - 12:11pm
It is inevitable.
Alex Speier
07/14/2011 - 12:00pm
PHOENIX – It has been easy to overlook the season of Kevin Youkilis.
Alex Speier
07/12/2011 - 8:10am
Alex Speier
07/11/2011 - 4:25am
PHOENIX — At the start of 2010, plenty of people were ready to jump on the Jacoby Ellsbury bandwagon.
Alex Speier
07/10/2011 - 12:12am
The scouting and development process that led to this point – in which Kyle Weiland will make his big league debut as a starter for the Red Sox on Sunday – began more than a decade ago, when the right-hander was about 10 years old.
Alex Speier
07/07/2011 - 6:00am
It was approximately three hours before the start of Wednesday’s game, and Jacoby Ellsbury was talking with Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick about his ticket requests for the All-Star game.
Alex Speier
07/06/2011 - 7:29am
Jon Lester had been little short of masterful through four no-hit innings on Tuesday night, and so when he did not emerge from the dugout for the fifth inning, and was instead replaced by Matt Albers, confusion followed by concern spread quickly across New England.
Alex Speier
07/05/2011 - 7:29am
It was Dec. 16, 2009, and though Fenway Park was in the process of being converted to an icebox to host the Bruins, baseball had reasserted itself in Boston for a day.
Alex Speier
07/02/2011 - 7:43am
Not all paths to success are identical. That is a message that was reinforced in unusual fashion for Andrew Miller during an unforgettable dinner conversation.
Alex Speier
06/23/2011 - 8:06am
Perhaps the most notable image of Wednesday’s game did not involve a player.
Alex Speier
06/22/2011 - 3:00am
Forget the platoon. The Red Sox have been engaged in an outfield timeshare with Carl Crawford on the disabled list. Manager Terry Francona has described it as a mix-and-match approach.
Alex Speier
06/21/2011 - 4:00am
It is a siren that has ruined the career of many a promising prospect. A team drafts a young pitcher and instantly proclaims that his stuff has brought him to the cusp of big-league stardom. His time in the minor leagues is little more than a lillipad that serves as a springboard to a big league destination.
Alex Speier
06/19/2011 - 3:00am
It’s coming.
Alex Speier
06/18/2011 - 7:00am
Right now, the good ship Red Sox is steaming along, with Boston having flattened its opponents en route to the best record in the American League.
Alex Speier
06/15/2011 - 2:59am
For the Red Sox, it is arguably less significant what they decide to do with left-hander Andrew Miller than the mere fact that they have a challenging decision to make.
Alex Speier
06/13/2011 - 9:30am
For the Red Sox, the current run of exceptional play likely comes as much as a source of relief from anxiety as it does as cause for excitement. And for the rest of baseball world, the run is daunting beyond its implications for the 2011 season.
Alex Speier
06/12/2011 - 8:00am
Ho-hum. The storyline has been heard before. In retrospect, perhaps the most surprising thing about it was simply the fact that there was surprise at the trajectory being taken by Dustin Pedroia’s season.
Alex Speier
06/11/2011 - 2:36am
As they prepared for the 2011 season, most observers considered the Red Sox a strong club that possessed an obvious flaw.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Ha…

It Is What It Is Cast: Has Darrelle Revis' impact actually been underplayed?

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the latest development at Patriots training camp. Chris says Darrelle Revis has looked great, and that his impact on the defense is actually being underplayed nationally.

It Is What It Is Cast: Gronk will continue to smash and dash

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."

Julian Edelman After Patriots Practice, 7-25-14

Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red S…

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red Sox are in a tough place with Lester 7-28-14

Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.

Christian Vazquez with Joe & Daveafter the win at Tampa Bay

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: David Ortiz not afraid of David Price, 7-25-14

Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

How does Tom Brady's lead…

How does Tom Brady's leadership help the Patriots? 7-29-14

John, Gerry, and Steve DeOssie discuss Tom Brady's impact on the rest of the Patriots, plus Steve tells tales from his old days as a NFL linebacker

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A whale watch boat is stranded overnight in Boston Harbor

Red Sox are destroyed by the Blue Jays 7-29-14

Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront certainly put on quite the pitching performance, as the Red Sox were trounced by the Jays. Does this change the team's approach to the trade deadline?

Three For All: Christian'…

Three For All: Christian's girlfriend calls him out, 7-29-14

Christian tells a story about taking his girlfriend to see "Jersey Boys" in NYC, but he leaves out some crucial details. Luckily, she was listening and called the show to clarify exactly what kind of shenanigans he was trying to pull.

The NFL is taking a look at "high-stakes" Fantasy Football, 7-29-14

MFB discuss a Peter King article that suggests many NFL coaches and assistant coaches have felt increasing pressure over big-money fantasy football players. Christian also weighs in specifically on how his knowledge of game-plans resulted directly in him winning his first season as a fantasy football player.

Red Sox routed by Blue Jays as trade rumors swirl, 7-29-14

The Sox lost 14-1 as Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront both had awful performances. On the heels of the loss, rumors began to fly regarding Jon Lester and John Lackey possibly being traded.

Jon Lester is on the tabl…

Jon Lester is on the table, will he end up in LA? 7-28-14

We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Red Sox Mistakes - 7-28-14

We talk about four of the biggest mistakes the Red Sox have made over the past 30+ years.

Gronk being Gronk: Although limited in practice, GRONK IS BACK

We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

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Producer's Podcast-Is Lebron a Genius? 7-29-14

Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

Minor Details Ep. 94.1: Are prospects overvalued? Andrew Miller on being traded for Miguel Cabrera

With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

Rob Bradford on the lates…

Rob Bradford on the latest with the Sox at the deadline 7-28-14

Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.

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Kirk Minihane on what motivates the media 7-25-14

Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.

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We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

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David Ortiz offends the Rays again 7-28-14

John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.

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