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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
05/14/2011 - 8:00am
NEW YORK – The end result is what is visible, and it is extraordinary. The swing of Adrian Gonzalez is something to behold, the barrel of the bat whipping through the zone to the point of impact with a natural upper-cut that sends balls soaring towards the outer reaches of a ballpark.
Alex Speier
05/10/2011 - 2:14am
On Tuesday, Jose Iglesias will set foot in Canada for the first time since he made the decision that changed his life and set him on a path to Fenway Park.
Alex Speier
05/08/2011 - 7:52am
For the Twins, the decision was straightforward. When a rain delay exceeds 45 minutes, Minnesota pulls its pitcher from the game. It’s not a decision that’s subject to discretion. It’s policy. And so, after the skies opened at 1:53 p.m., the Twins had a bright line as to when they would consider starter Brian Duensing’s day concluded.
Alex Speier
05/07/2011 - 8:49am
Roughly 20 percent of the baseball season has now been played, and the Red Sox have been a below-.500 team for every day of the 2011 campaign.
Alex Speier
05/06/2011 - 8:00am
It is early, and so there is a danger in drawing sweeping conclusions about the return on investment of any deals from this past offseason. That said, on Thursday the Red Sox offered further reminders of why costly free agent signings are such a suspect way to build a bullpen.
Alex Speier
05/04/2011 - 9:03am
One week seems like the distant past for Adrian Gonzalez.
Alex Speier
05/03/2011 - 2:23am
That Jered Weaver is now one of the top pitchers in the game is beyond dispute. The towering right-hander finished fifth in AL Cy Young voting in 2010 in a season in which he led the league in punchouts and had a 3.01 ERA.
Alex Speier
05/02/2011 - 3:00am
While the Red Sox claimed their most dramatic victory of the 2011 season, it was natural to feel as if a wrong had been committed at Tim Wakefield’s expense.
Alex Speier
04/30/2011 - 4:27am
Justin Smoak played his first big league game in Fenway Park on Friday night, but it was not his first trip to the historic ballpark.
Alex Speier
04/28/2011 - 1:16am
BALTIMORE – It is a simple case of the whole being less than the sum of the theoretical parts.
Alex Speier
04/27/2011 - 3:04pm
BALTIMORE – For Kevin Youkilis, history is now quite literally within arm’s reach.
Alex Speier
04/27/2011 - 7:00am
BALTIMORE – It started over the months and years during which the rumors floated in the ether. It intensified immensely when the Padres and Red Sox agreed to a deal, pending a successful negotiation between the player and his new team.
Alex Speier
04/26/2011 - 2:42am
A case can be made that Anthony Ranaudo was the most-hyped Red Sox draft pick of all time.
Alex Speier
04/22/2011 - 8:15am
The Red Sox’ catching situation is starting to be perceived as if it’s something of a crisis. It’s not terribly difficult to understand why.
Alex Speier
04/21/2011 - 3:00am
On a day when Clay Buchholz helped the Red Sox to complete one of their best turns of the rotation in the past 64 years, it was nonetheless the bullpen that provided the game’s foremost drama and intrigue.
Alex Speier
04/20/2011 - 12:45am
It may have seemed like Jed Lowrie was playing out of his mind during the Red Sox’ homestand at Fenway Park, having a sort of once-in-a-lifetime, out-of-body run of brilliance at the plate. He wasn’t.
Alex Speier
04/19/2011 - 7:00am
Daisuke Matsuzaka likely wasn’t pitching for his rotation spot on Monday. But he pitched as if he was, with dazzling results.
Alex Speier
04/18/2011 - 2:01am
The Red Sox said all spring that their best lineup features Jacoby Ellsbury as a leadoff hitter. Monday might be a good time for them to start testing that hypothesis again.
Alex Speier
04/16/2011 - 4:00am
It started as a day of coronation for Adrian Gonzalez as a player worthy of joining the $100 million club, and ended with doubts about whether another player who will receive comparable piles of cash from the Red Sox can earn his keep.
Alex Speier
04/14/2011 - 5:21am
The Red Sox did not just commit $142 million to Carl Crawford because of what he can do when performing to the best of the abilities.
Alex Speier
04/13/2011 - 3:22am
OK, it’s early. But for how much longer?
Alex Speier
04/11/2011 - 3:00am
The question was obvious: When was the last time members of the Red Sox had seen Josh Beckett be this good?
Alex Speier
04/10/2011 - 7:07pm
In March, Pawtucket pitching coach Rich Sauveur was getting buzzed by a small hovercraft in the Red Sox' spring training clubhouse. His response was unexpected.
Alex Speier
04/09/2011 - 6:54pm
There’s no need to dance around the subject.
Alex Speier
04/05/2011 - 12:00am
ARLINGTON, Texas – Five years ago today, a closer was born.


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