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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
07/12/2010 - 9:49am
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A year ago, the All-Star Futures Game represented the culmination of Casey Kelly’s remarkable first pro season as a pitcher.
Alex Speier
07/09/2010 - 9:46am
The baseball world understood that the Red Sox took a big right-handed college pitcher who would prove challenging to sign.
Alex Speier
07/05/2010 - 8:17am
The pair of All-Star nods merely confirms what had already become apparent. Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz are scratching the surface of extraordinary potential. At this moment, a case can be made that they comprise one of the most talented young pitching pairings in Red Sox history.
Alex Speier
07/03/2010 - 5:54am
It has been a stranger-than-fiction turn of events for Red Sox catchers, who have endured a startling succession of injuries that wiped out every big league ready depth option at a position. It started in late-April, when Triple-A catcher Mark Wagner suffered a broken left hamate while swinging. Still, the absence of one depth option hardly seemed devastating.
Alex Speier
07/01/2010 - 7:42am
The notion that a pitcher “can’t get anyone out” is often thrown around, but rarely has it seemed so close to literal as with Manny Delcarmen over the past week. As it turns out, there may be an explanation that may force the Red Sox to begin the process of exploring solutions to their relief woes beyond their current roster.
Alex Speier
06/30/2010 - 11:04am
The line of demarcation is May 24. The Red Sox and Rays were preparing for a three-game series in Tampa Bay, and the home team looked for all intents and purposes like it was ready to pull away in the AL East. The Rays owned a 32-12 record, giving them a six-game cushion in the division and an 8 ½ game advantage over the fourth-place Red Sox.
Alex Speier
06/29/2010 - 8:39am
This Friday will mark the beginning of Major League Baseball’s annual period for signing amateur talent. It is open season for teams to sign players from Latin America, Asia and Europe who are over the age of 16. Some will become diamonds in the rough, signed to what amounts to petty cash lining the pockets of big league clubs who go on to become standout big-leaguers. Others will become colossal busts, signed for six- and even seven-figure deals that yield almost no return.
Alex Speier
06/27/2010 - 8:41am
Perhaps Saturday was a sign of what the new reality facing the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
06/26/2010 - 9:16am
As Dustin Pedroia crumpled to the batter’s box dirt at AT&T Park, the spirits of the Red Sox also no doubt sank a bit with him.
Alex Speier
06/25/2010 - 12:06pm
It was the hip all along. Discomfort in Mike Lowell’s surgically repaired right hip resulted in the corner infielder heading to the disabled list on Thursday. The move represented the latest derailment by the joint to the four-time All-Star’s 2010 season, but by no means the most dramatic.
Alex Speier
06/21/2010 - 3:36am
Red Sox first base coach Ron Johnson received an extraordinary Father’s Day gift on Sunday.
Alex Speier
06/21/2010 - 2:20am
A small change in the fates could have had Clay Buchholz on the mound on Sunday night pitching for the Dodgers instead of the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
06/19/2010 - 4:17am
In Boston, there was reason to believe in the promising future of Felix Doubront.
Alex Speier
06/17/2010 - 2:35am
It’s no secret. Jon Lester is on the short-list of the best left-handers in the game.
Alex Speier
06/16/2010 - 5:11am
It was just another night of pinball for the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
06/14/2010 - 11:42am
It has been an unusual string of events for the Red Sox medical team. For years, the Sox have felt that their medical infrastructure has given them an edge over other clubs. The comprehensive operation that is overseen by medical director Dr. Thomas Gill, who supervises the training staff’s efforts to provide both care for injuries and injury-prevention programs, has typically received strong reviews for its ability to keep players on the field.
Alex Speier
06/12/2010 - 3:23am
It was a rare highlight moment for Mike Lowell.
Alex Speier
06/09/2010 - 11:44am
Anthony Ranaudo, the star pitcher from Louisiana State, had heard the same thing leading up to the draft as everyone else.
Alex Speier
06/08/2010 - 7:18am
This was a different sort of start to the draft for the Red Sox.
Alex Speier
06/07/2010 - 9:20am
It is, in the words of many of the industry’s executives, the most important event of the baseball calendar. Each year, the amateur draft can dictate an organization’s shape and success for years to come. Over the coming three days, there will be 50 rounds of selections and over 1,500 players drafted. The vast majority of those will never walk onto a big league diamond. But if a team hits on even just a couple of its lottery tickets, the shape of an organization can be changed indelibly over the next decade.
Alex Speier
06/06/2010 - 2:44am
BALTIMORE – They were, quite simply, the biggest outs of the game. And there was no question about who the Red Sox wanted to have in the game to handle them.
Alex Speier
06/05/2010 - 11:03am
BALTIMORE – Don’t expect to see Adrian Gonzalez in a Red Sox uniform anytime soon.
Alex Speier
06/05/2010 - 3:05am
BALTIMORE -- Clay Buchholz was back at the scene of the crime. It had been just over 10 months since the pitcher’s worst outing of the 2009 season took place at Camden Yards.
Alex Speier
06/03/2010 - 12:15am
Forget for a moment the Tilt-A-Whirl that is a season of Daisuke Matsuzaka’s starts.
Alex Speier
06/02/2010 - 4:00am
Entering the 2010 season, several Red Sox players were viewed as potential engines for the offense.


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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.

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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.

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As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.

Buster Olney, ESPN, on the impending Jon Lester trade, 7-30-14

Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.

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.

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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

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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

Gordon Edes: "95% chance …

Gordon Edes: "95% chance Lester gets traded" 7-30-14

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.

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Jon Lester scratched 7-30-14

Joh, Gerry and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest rumors surrounding Jon Lester.

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Buster Olney, ESPN, on the impending Jon Lester trade, 7-30-14

Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.

Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.

Danny Amendola joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.

John Farrell with Dale an…

John Farrell with Dale and Holley

As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.

Making sense of all the trade talk with WEEI.com's Alex Speier

We check in with Alex on the eve of the trade deadline.

Waving goodbye to the ol' Lefty? Jon Lester appears headed out of Boston

We respond and react to the news that Jon Lester may no longer be a member of the Boston Red Sox once the trade deadline passes.

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Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

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

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