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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
07/14/2010 - 8:39am
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Now, with the All-Star break over, the season takes on a new tenor over the rest of the month.
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.


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Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-30-14

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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.

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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.

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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

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.

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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.

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.

Red Sox turn over 1/3rd o…

Red Sox turn over 1/3rd of their 25 roster by the trade deadline - response and reaction

Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.

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

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

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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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.

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Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.

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