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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
08/26/2010 - 7:52am
John Wetteland has seen it before. He knows how valuable it is, and he knows how it likely ends.
Alex Speier
08/25/2010 - 5:25am
It was a fascinating idea that never became a reality.
Alex Speier
08/23/2010 - 3:19am
It has been nearly two years since his own likeness represented the career low point for Clay Buchholz.
Alex Speier
08/21/2010 - 8:38am
LOWELL – Though Anthony Ranaudo and Brandon Workman are unlikely to throw a pitch for the Lowell Spinners, they have already presented the minor league club with an unprecedented challenge.
Alex Speier
08/20/2010 - 3:20am
It’s no longer a first-half aberration.
Alex Speier
08/17/2010 - 9:25am
The coup de grace came about three minutes before midnight. That was when the final piece, arguably the big kahuna of the Red Sox' 2010 draft class, was reeled in.
Alex Speier
08/16/2010 - 4:02am
In some ways, Daisuke Matsuzaka was defeated on Sunday afternoon by an enemy of his own creation. In 2007, C.J.
Alex Speier
08/14/2010 - 8:58am
Whatever happens to the Red Sox this season, the story of 2010 will revolve around the incredible and seemingly endless run of injuries that the team has suffered.
Alex Speier
08/08/2010 - 8:02am
NEW YORK – The conversation with a pitcher who is under contract for $82.5 million revolved around pocket change.
Alex Speier
08/08/2010 - 6:00am
The Red Sox’ injuries this year have been staggering, the cost to a season almost incalculable.
Alex Speier
08/07/2010 - 7:02am
NEW YORK – This was not exactly the ringing endorsement that members of the Red Sox wanted to hear. Perhaps it was tongue in cheek. Or perhaps it was a simple acknowledgement of mathematical reality that should not have been noteworthy.
Alex Speier
08/04/2010 - 7:12am
At the end of a night when he clubbed the first big league pitch that he had seen in six weeks over the Green Monster for a two-run home run, it seemed obvious. It had worked out for the best for everyone that Mike Lowell had stayed in Boston.
Alex Speier
08/03/2010 - 9:33am
It was a night when the best his manager could muster was sympathy rather than a defense.
Alex Speier
08/02/2010 - 2:14pm
As of now, according to a baseball source, a resolution of the Mike Lowell situation is not expected today, but in the next day or two, some determination about how to proceed with the corner infielder seems likely.
Alex Speier
08/02/2010 - 5:00am
In Ryan Kalish's senior year of high school, most teams had resigned themselves to the idea that they were evaluating him not for the 2006 draft but instead for 2009.
Alex Speier
08/01/2010 - 3:04am
In 2005, the Red Sox bullpen was in a state of crisis.
Alex Speier
07/31/2010 - 5:18am
With the time to the trade deadline now measured in hours and minutes, the Red Sox occupy the awkward middle ground between status as contenders and pretenders. And with that comes a veritable roller coaster of emotions.
Alex Speier
07/28/2010 - 6:34am
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Red Sox paid John Lackey top-of-the-rotation money this offseason. Now, it appears that he is ready to earn it.
Alex Speier
07/27/2010 - 5:08am
ANAHEIM, Calif. – It was several hours before the start of Monday’s game, and David Ortiz’s eyes suddenly widened.
Alex Speier
07/25/2010 - 7:58am
Help has arrived, with more on the way for the Red Sox. But will it have arrived in time?
Alex Speier
07/24/2010 - 4:03pm
It has been an important stretch in Bill Hall’s career.
Alex Speier
07/23/2010 - 6:11am
They refuse to be left for dead.
Alex Speier
07/21/2010 - 7:34am
One of the biggest Red Sox strengths over the first three months of the season has become a pronounced weakness in July.
Alex Speier
07/20/2010 - 5:50am
It has become popular sport for New Englanders to throw their hands in the air and pronounce how absurd it is to try to predict what will happen with the mysterious Daisuke Matsuzaka. His performance on Monday night will do little to silence those who have already given up on him.
Alex Speier
07/15/2010 - 9:53am
The Red Sox managed to withstand a plague of first-half injuries and emerge not only in contention but with the top-scoring offense in the majors.


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Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-30-14

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

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Anthony Ranaudo after he …

Anthony Ranaudo after he makes his Major League Debut

Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox starting pitcher after he makes his Major League debut and got his first career win against the New York Yankees.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: "The home plate rule is terrible," 8-1-14

Former Red Sox player and current MLB analyst, Kevin Millar, joined MFB to talk about the controversial play in Miami where Manager Mike Redmond was ejected after a play at the plate was overturned. He also thinks the Sox did a great job acquiring real players that can impact the team in 2015.

Red Sox asst. GM Mike Hazen on the deadline deals 8-1-14

Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.

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

Red Sox asst. GM Mike Haz…

Red Sox asst. GM Mike Haze on the deadline deals 8-1-14

Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Tara Reid believes in Sharknado's 8-1-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

Chris Mad Dog Russo on the MLB trade deadline 8-1-14

Chris Russo joined the show and discussed the crazy MLB trade deadline.

Three For All: Tim calls …

Three For All: Tim calls an Arena League NOT Top-10 play, 8-1-14

Our own Tim Benz does play-by-play for the Pittsburg Power, of the Arena League. A play in that game was featured on Sportscenter's NOT top 10, so we wanted to hear the call. Also, NFL players are getting micro-chipped on Thursday night games this year. Also, a Florida man gets creative when trying to avoid an arrest.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: "The home plate rule is terrible," 8-1-14

Former Red Sox player and current MLB analyst, Kevin Millar, joined MFB to talk about the controversial play in Miami where Manager Mike Redmond was ejected after a play at the plate was overturned. He also thinks the Sox did a great job acquiring real players that can impact the team in 2015.

The dust settles on a wild trade deadline day, 8-1-14

8 players were traded away from the Red Sox (starting with Jake Peavy) and the team has a completely different look. MFB look at the acquisitions and fight over whether Cherington and the Sox front office improved the team.

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Dale and Holley's Four at Four - BAD trade deadline deals edition 7-31-14

We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.

John Farrell with Dale and Holley

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

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