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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
04/08/2010 - 11:44am
So there they were, again.
Alex Speier
04/07/2010 - 12:03pm
It is Game 3 of the season, a time when teams that are making a first spin through the rotation typically expect a downgrade from “front of the rotation” starter to “mid-rotation guy.” There is supposed to be an appreciable decline in quality. The pitcher on the mound is not supposed to be someone like John Lackey.
Alex Speier
04/07/2010 - 4:18am
It is a relatively trivial matter that David Ortiz is hitless this year. The first two games of the season amount to a relatively meaningless stretch of time during which is it all but impossible to draw any accurate conclusions about a player.  
Alex Speier
04/05/2010 - 5:49am
During spring training, one American League talent evaluator reflected on the notion that the Red Sox were destined to suffer an offensive decline after seeing Jason Bay leave for the Mets.
Alex Speier
04/02/2010 - 2:37pm
Stephen Strasburg is starting the year in the minor leagues.
Alex Speier
04/02/2010 - 11:22am
LOU MERLONI
Alex Speier
04/02/2010 - 3:57am
Our panel of Lou Merloni, Dale Arnold, Rob Bradford, Kirk Minihane, Mike Petraglia and Alex Speier peers fearlessly into the crystal ball in an attempt to see the future of the Red Sox' 2010 Opening Day roster. For the panel's playoff predictions, click here.
Alex Speier
04/01/2010 - 8:06am
In one sense, the idea that the Red Sox and Josh Beckett are closing on a contract extension that would keep the Opening Day starter in Boston for four more years is unsurprising.
Alex Speier
03/28/2010 - 3:03am
Thus far this spring, the reviews of Daniel Bard’s changeup have been uniformly positive. The pitch, which he hopes will help him neutralize left-handers, could prove a difference maker. That said, the Sox identify the pitch as his third best offering. Though pleased with the results he’s been getting with it this spring, the team note that his living is made on the strength of his mitt-smashing fastball and the hard swing-and-miss slider that established him as a big leaguer last year.
Alex Speier
03/24/2010 - 7:12am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- John Lackey seemed to shrug off the home run that he allowed in a minor league camp game to Daniel Nava on Monday. He was, after all, just getting his work in, building up his pitch count towards the start of the regular season.
Alex Speier
03/24/2010 - 6:00am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — It was a rough day of work for Clay Buchholz that included a return of a bad habit. Now, what remains to be seen is whether the pitcher’s lapse was temporary, or whether it could be somewhat more ominous.
Alex Speier
03/23/2010 - 6:27am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays All-Star Carl Crawford needs little time to react.
Alex Speier
03/22/2010 - 3:06am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The elements in Fort Myers conspired against Jonathan Papelbon on Sunday, with repercussions beyond a single bad day at the office.  
Alex Speier
03/20/2010 - 8:33am
BRADENTON, Fla. – Ordinarily, deals that involve the movement of superstars in exchange for prospects require years to analyze.
Alex Speier
03/19/2010 - 2:26am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – He has become the best player on a team that is typically one of the best in the game. His numbers rival those of nearly anyone in the game, putting him on the short list for the American League MVP Award in two straight years.   But the spotlight does not shine on Kevin Youkilis.  
Alex Speier
03/18/2010 - 11:05am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – In most cases, the work of veteran relievers in spring training games represents little more than an exercise in going through the motions and building up arm strength towards the season.
Alex Speier
03/17/2010 - 7:00am
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Add one more to the ranks of both Red Sox pitching prospects and rotation options.
Alex Speier
03/17/2010 - 1:43am
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – It was a long, anxious day on which baseball seemed nearly irrelevant.
Alex Speier
03/16/2010 - 7:06pm
UPDATE: The Red Sox issued the following statement on Tuesday night about outfielder Ryan Westmoreland's surgery:
Alex Speier
03/16/2010 - 10:16am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Madison Younginer did not hide his divided loyalties.
Alex Speier
03/16/2010 - 2:25am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Thus arrived the first day of the rest of Mike Lowell’s career.
Alex Speier
03/15/2010 - 12:49am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – When the Red Sox talked to Jacoby Ellsbury about moving to left field for the 2010 season, the team wanted to make clear to the 26-year-old that it wasn’t a demotion.
Alex Speier
03/07/2010 - 11:04am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Michael Bowden’s entry into Saturday’s game waited on John Lackey to finish his outing, as the young right-hander was left to piggyback the Red Sox’ star offseason pitching addition. There was something apt about that structure, since Bowden’s big league future also may have been delayed by the arrival of the former Angels star.
Alex Speier
03/05/2010 - 7:53am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — It all happened in an instant.
Alex Speier
03/05/2010 - 7:26am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mike Cameron had worn the No. 25 for each of the last four seasons, but with Mike Lowell in possession of that number upon the outfielder’s arrival in Boston, another set of digits was in order.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Ha…

It Is What It Is Cast: Has Darrelle Revis' impact actually been underplayed?

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the latest development at Patriots training camp. Chris says Darrelle Revis has looked great, and that his impact on the defense is actually being underplayed nationally.

It Is What It Is Cast: Gronk will continue to smash and dash

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."

Julian Edelman After Patriots Practice, 7-25-14

Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

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.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

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.

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red S…

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.

Christian Vazquez with Joe & Daveafter the win at Tampa Bay

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: David Ortiz not afraid of David Price, 7-25-14

Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.

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

How does Tom Brady's lead…

How does Tom Brady's leadership help the Patriots? 7-29-14

John, Gerry, and Steve DeOssie discuss Tom Brady's impact on the rest of the Patriots, plus Steve tells tales from his old days as a NFL linebacker

Headlines Headlines Headlines: Whale Watch Catastrophe 7-29-14

A whale watch boat is stranded overnight in Boston Harbor

Red Sox are destroyed by the Blue Jays 7-29-14

Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront certainly put on quite the pitching performance, as the Red Sox were trounced by the Jays. Does this change the team's approach to the trade deadline?

Three For All: Christian'…

Three For All: Christian's girlfriend calls him out, 7-29-14

Christian tells a story about taking his girlfriend to see "Jersey Boys" in NYC, but he leaves out some crucial details. Luckily, she was listening and called the show to clarify exactly what kind of shenanigans he was trying to pull.

The NFL is taking a look at "high-stakes" Fantasy Football, 7-29-14

MFB discuss a Peter King article that suggests many NFL coaches and assistant coaches have felt increasing pressure over big-money fantasy football players. Christian also weighs in specifically on how his knowledge of game-plans resulted directly in him winning his first season as a fantasy football player.

Red Sox routed by Blue Jays as trade rumors swirl, 7-29-14

The Sox lost 14-1 as Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront both had awful performances. On the heels of the loss, rumors began to fly regarding Jon Lester and John Lackey possibly being traded.

Jon Lester is on the tabl…

Jon Lester is on the table, will he end up in LA? 7-28-14

We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Red Sox Mistakes - 7-28-14

We talk about four of the biggest mistakes the Red Sox have made over the past 30+ years.

Gronk being Gronk: Although limited in practice, GRONK IS BACK

We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.

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.

We're all yelling about LeBron James

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Producer's Podcast-Is Lebron a Genius? 7-29-14

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.

Rob Bradford on the lates…

Rob Bradford on the latest with the Sox at the deadline 7-28-14

Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.

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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.

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Kirk Minihane on what mot…

Kirk Minihane on what motivates the media 7-25-14

Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.

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Jon Lester is on the table, will he end up in LA? 7-28-14

We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

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David Ortiz offends the R…

David Ortiz offends the Rays again 7-28-14

John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.

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