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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
07/28/2011 - 2:17am
It is no longer simply a matter of “when” Clay Buchholz will come back from a back issue that has now had him on the disabled list for more than five weeks. Other questions are starting to creep into the equation, such as “if” and “in what capacity.”
Alex Speier
07/27/2011 - 6:38am
It was not so long ago that it was fair to wonder if the 2011 season might end up being Dustin Pedroia’s worst. Now, almost two-thirds of the way through the year, the question has become whether this will end up being the finest year of the second baseman’s career.
Alex Speier
07/25/2011 - 2:52am
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 - 5:41am
In retrospect, the fact falls somewhere between amusing and puzzling to consider.
Alex Speier
07/21/2011 - 12:52pm
Few events crystallize perceptions of a farm system like the trade deadline.
Alex Speier
07/20/2011 - 4:44pm
BALTIMORE -- It is the sort of line that a team encounters a few times a decade, if that.
Alex Speier
07/20/2011 - 6:13am
BALTIMORE — And so it would appear that the Red Sox are deep into the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes. Again.
Alex Speier
07/19/2011 - 6:20am
BALTIMORE – So, yes, it is the final two weeks before the trade deadline, and the inevitable debates will occur with increasing passion. A right-handed hitting outfielder! A shortstop! A starter! A reliever! This is the time of year at which opinions about a team’s needs become inflamed, sometimes out of proportion with the reality of the situation.
Alex Speier
07/18/2011 - 11:11am
It is inevitable.
Alex Speier
07/14/2011 - 11:00am
PHOENIX – It has been easy to overlook the season of Kevin Youkilis.
Alex Speier
07/12/2011 - 7:10am
PHOENIX – When the Red Sox picked up the $12.5 million option on David Ortiz’ contract for the 2011 season, there was a sense that the team was doing the longtime slugger a favor.
Alex Speier
07/11/2011 - 3:25am
PHOENIX — At the start of 2010, plenty of people were ready to jump on the Jacoby Ellsbury bandwagon. The dynamic outfielder had emerged in his first two-plus big league seasons as an offensive difference-maker, a catalyst in the truest sense of the word.
Alex Speier
07/09/2011 - 11:12pm
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 - 5:00am
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 - 1:36pm
While most Red Sox fans will be rooting against Ricky Romero when he takes the mound for the Blue Jays in Fenway Park on Wednesday night, one Sox d
Alex Speier
07/06/2011 - 6:29am
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
Alex Speier
07/05/2011 - 6:29am
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 - 6:43am
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 - 7:06am
Perhaps the most notable image of Wednesday’s game did not involve a player.
Alex Speier
06/22/2011 - 2:00am
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 - 3:00am
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 - 2:00am
It’s coming. On Monday, Adrian Gonzalez will be reunited with a Padres team for whom he grew up rooting and with whom he came of age as a player. For the first time since the blockbuster deal that sent the star first baseman from San Diego to Boston, he will face the team that traded him when the Padres make their way to Fenway Park for a three-game series.
Alex Speier
06/18/2011 - 6:00am
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 - 1:59am
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 - 8:30am
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.


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NFL Network's Heath Evans…

NFL Network's Heath Evans with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.

Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater on Patriots Monday

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe speak to special teams captain Matthew Slater as the Patriots head to the AFC Championship and host the Steelers.

Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.

Celtics Podcast - Isaiah …

Celtics Podcast - Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul, and it's time for the Celtics to fill their biggest need 12-20-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.

Celtics Podcast - Isaiah Thomas' injury and keeping Marcus Smart in control 12-13-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.

Celtics Podcast – Bad finish against the Rockets and love for DeMarcus Cousins 12-6-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie Bradley Jr.

Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.

Hot Stove Show Hour 2 - Reacting to John Farrell's interview and Red Sox starting pitching depth

Mut, Rob, and John are talking about their interview with Red Sox Manager John Farrell, the Red Sox approach to breaking up the lefties in the rotation, and the platoon at third base.

John Farrell on the Hot Stove Show - Red Sox third base situation, and the WBC

Bradford and Tomase talk with Red Sox Manager John Farrell. They talk about Eduardo Rodriguez recovery from his knee injury, the Red Sox third base competition in spring training, and guys playing in the WBC.

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's K…

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's Ken Laird, Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral and WEEI's Ty Anderson -- It was a very good week for the Bruins-Are they turning things around? -- 1-15-17

Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's Ken Laird, Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral and WEEI's Ty Anderson talk Bruins and the state of Claude Julien's tenure in Boston -- 1-8-16

Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.

Saturday Skate - Khudobin to blame? Julien hot seat? Landeskog trade? 12-17-16

Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.

K&C- Aaron Rodgers is bet…

K&C- Aaron Rodgers is better than most HOF quarterbacks; Lucy ranked the Patriots’ wives and girlfriends 1-17-17

Hour 4. Fauria is wrong about Rodgers. Lucy ranked the wives and girlfriends of Patriots players and Trenni isn't happy about it.

K&C- Aaron Rodgers hates his family; Trenni's dream man 1-17-17

Hour 3. Aaron Rodgers doesn't get along with his family. Trenni's dream man in the Boston media is revealed.

K&C- Trenni thinks Twitter was mean to Charlotte Wilder; Headlines with Kirk 1-17-17

Hour 2. Trenni defends Charlotte Wilder against the evil people on Twitter. Headlines with Kirk.

OMF - Is Aaron Rodgers on…

OMF - Is Aaron Rodgers on his way to being one of the best quarterbacks of all time? 1-16-17

Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about Aaron Rodgers and his ridiculous throw to set up the game winning field goal. Is he already one of the best ever? Callers fight Fauria, who doesn't think he's there yet.

OMF - Big Ben and the Steelers beat the Chiefs, but Travis Kelce isn't happy 1-16-17

The guys talk about the other AFC playoff game, as the Steelers and Roethlisberger beat the Chiefs in KC, and TE Travis Kelce goes on a rant about the bad refs.

OMF - Patriots get past the Texans to advance to their 6th straight AFCCG 1-16-17

Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots struggling, but ultimately beating the Texans.

Patriots hold off Texans,…

Patriots hold off Texans, prepare for AFC Championship. Plus the Steelers take you in the lockerroom live

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe discuss the tough-fought win over the Texans, and begin talking Steelers, who the Patriots will face in the AFC Championship. Plus the Steelers take their lockerroom live to the fans and Facebook.

Bill Belichick - We're focused on the AFC Championship, not social media policies

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.

Matthew Slater - we're looking forward to the big opportunity in front of us

Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater checks in with Holley and Keefe to review the win over the Texans and to preview the AFC Championship with the Steelers coming to Foxboro.

Ep. 48: John Ziegler - Pe…

Ep. 48: John Ziegler - Penn State Scandal

Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.

Ep. 47: Sean Leahy, Boston Herald sports editor

Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.

Enough About Me Ep. 46: Kevin McHale

Kirk talks with basketball legend Kevin McHale about his Celtics career, as well today's NBA and the current Boston team. Kevin analyzes the theoretical clash of the '86 Celtics and today's Golden State Warriors in addition to how C's heroes of the past would perform in today's game. Also featured: a podcast intro from Kirk's children Cate and Harry.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie Bradley Jr.

Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.

Celtics Podcast - What do the Celtics need to do to contend?

Ben and Josue talk about the moves the Celtics need to make in order for the team get over the top in the Eastern Conference.

SoccerCast - Revs Soccer Specific Stadium

Ben and Alex discuss the latest news around the New England Revolution stadium plans and the new 48 team World Cup.

K&C- Tom Brady on the Tex…

K&C- Tom Brady on the Texans, Steelers, being a vegan, and his feelings on Goodell visiting New England 1-16-17

Tom Brady joins the show to discuss the game against the Texans, the AFC championship versus the Steelers, his diet, and Roger Goodell.

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Bill Belichick - We're fo…

Bill Belichick - We're focused on the AFC Championship, not social media policies

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.

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K&C- Kirk is picking Pitt…

K&C- Kirk is picking Pittsburgh; Brock was horrible 1-16-17

Hour 1. The Steelers are coming to New England for the AFC Championship and Kirk is picking Pittsburgh to win.

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K&C- Tim Hasselbeck joins…

OMF - Dont'a Hightower on…

OMF - Dont'a Hightower on Mike Tomlin's comments, "Is that supposed to hurt my feelings?" 1-16-17

Patriots linebacker joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about the win over the Texans, the upcoming AFCCG against the Steelers and responds to the comments Mike Tomlin made that were recorded on Antonio Brown's Facebook Live.

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