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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
05/20/2010 - 4:00am
On the two-year anniversary of Jon Lester’s no-hitter, Clay Buchholz paid appropriate homage to his teammate’s accomplishment.
Alex Speier
05/17/2010 - 2:38am
You might have heard something about the Red Sox’ run prevention blueprint this offseason. Thus far, it is failing in startling fashion.
Alex Speier
05/15/2010 - 5:54am
During spring training, one American League executive took stock of the growing interest in run prevention. He noted that it represented less a sea change in the game than an ongoing quest for bang for the buck.
Alex Speier
05/13/2010 - 3:00am
Day after day during the Red Sox’ 10-game homestand, the image would be repeated.
Alex Speier
05/12/2010 - 3:58am
The question was meant to be harmless, amidst a slew of other inquiries about Daisuke Matsuzaka’s outstanding outing.
Alex Speier
05/11/2010 - 4:44am
A year ago, the Red Sox’ season came to an abrupt halt because Jonathan Papelbon could throw just one pitch for a strike, and the Angels knew it. Papelbon lost his postseason air of invincibility when he blew a save against the Halos, getting hit hard en route to a three-run yield. The Angels sat on nothing but fastballs, and Papelbon complied.
Alex Speier
05/08/2010 - 4:00am
Josh Beckett could not recall an outing like it in his career. Nor could pitching coach John Farrell conjure such a meltdown by a pitcher with whom he has worked for four seasons.
Alex Speier
05/06/2010 - 3:43am
After 1,000 games as the Red Sox manager, one would think that there would be little to learn about Terry Francona. Apparently, that assumption is flawed.
Alex Speier
05/04/2010 - 4:38am
The spots were supposed to represent the heart of the Red Sox lineup, the segment of hitters whom opposing pitchers would dread facing the most.
Alex Speier
05/03/2010 - 6:00am
If the Red Sox now hope to leave their troubles behind and to vault themselves into contention, they will have to do so the hard way.
Alex Speier
05/01/2010 - 6:15am
Perhaps no player better epitomized the Red Sox’ first month than Adrian Beltre, a notion that received a final demonstration in the final contest of an April that the Sox concluded with a losing (11-12) record.
Alex Speier
04/21/2010 - 3:27am
Long before he inked his name in Red Sox historical annals for his starring role in a 7-6 walkoff win over the Rangers, Darnell McDonald had a memorable Fenway experience, and it had nothi
Alex Speier
04/20/2010 - 2:00am
This wasn’t supposed to happen.
Alex Speier
04/19/2010 - 1:00am
It was a day when the Red Sox played like a deeply flawed team.
Alex Speier
04/17/2010 - 3:56am
The conclusion seemed natural.
Alex Speier
04/16/2010 - 3:36am
The season may be too young to jump to conclusions about individual players, but it is not too soon to be reminded that 25 players aren’t enough to propel a team through a 162-game schedule.
Alex Speier
04/14/2010 - 3:08am
WARNING: All of the numbers presented here are absurdly skewed by virtue of the incredibly short sample.
Alex Speier
04/13/2010 - 2:21am
The questions, naturally, were about Jon Lester. How to explain the left-hander’s command struggles? Why does it always seem as if he is the victim of the seeing-eye, bad-luck hits? Why was is he off to another sputtering start in April?
Alex Speier
04/10/2010 - 3:54am
The issue is not simply that Daniel Bard suffered the loss. The issue is that Daniel Bard was once again asked to pitch.
Alex Speier
04/09/2010 - 11:59am
Drake Britton knew immediately that something had gone seriously wrong. The left-hander was pitching for Lowell in August 2008 when he threw a career-altering changeup. “A sharp pain went up,” Britton recounted, “and I knew it was serious.”
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.
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.


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Week 3: Around the AFC Ea…

Week 3: Around the AFC East 9-18-14

MFB talks to Sal Cappaccio of WGR in Buffalo, Ryan Ruocco of ESPN NY, and Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel

Greg Papa, Raiders Play-By-Play Man, previews Pats-Raiders 9-18-14

From 95.7 The Game, Greg Papa breaks down the struggling Raiders and discusses Charles Woodson's comments that the team sucks

Christopher Price - New drug policy will not shorten Browner and Tyms suspension, 9-17-14

Christopher Price, WEEI.com spoke with the guys about the new NFL drug policy and what it means for certain players in the league. He also spoke about the importance of getting Danny Amendola involved in the offense. The Patriots are still trying to find the BEST way to utilize Chandler Jones. And rookie Raiders QB Derek Carr is a bit of a wild-card heading into Sunday's match up.

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.

Ben Cherington on Rusney …

Ben Cherington on Rusney Castillo 9-18-14

Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks Orioles, Red Sox offense, and David Ortiz, 9-17-14

The Orioles seemed to have a lot of fun last night clinching the AL East. Buster said the biggest problem for Boston this year was the offense production dropping so dramatically in one year. Bogaerts, Pierzynski, and Bradley Jr. are the most obvious culprits. Also, Buster surmises that the Red Sox front office has to be a little uneasy with the fact that their best offensive player, David Ortiz, is in this LATE 30's.

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

Ben Cherington on Rusney …

Ben Cherington on Rusney Castillo 9-18-14

Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines : Scrotum removal 9-18-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

The Vikings apologize 9-18-14

The guys opened the show by discussing the Vikings press conference.

Greg Papa, Raiders Play-B…

Greg Papa, Raiders Play-By-Play Man, previews Pats-Raiders 9-18-14

From 95.7 The Game, Greg Papa breaks down the struggling Raiders and discusses Charles Woodson's comments that the team sucks

Three For All: MFK: Dennis, Callahan, or Minihane? 9-18-14

Party with one, Marry one, and Kill the other. How would you decide?

The Fauria Five 9-18-14

Christian asks 5 questions about the Pats Offense, NFL Power Rankings, Jameis Winston, The Olympics in Boston, and David Pastrinak

Have the Bruins done enou…

Have the Bruins done enough to compete for the Cup in 2014-2015

Dale, Michael (and DJ Bean) discuss the Bruins off-season and whether or not they've done enough to get back into position to win the Stanley Cup.

Ron Washington admits reason for his resignation, plus a shocking Dale Arnold revelation to boot!

We discuss Ron Washington's press conference today, announcing the reason for his abrupt departure from the Texas Rangers this season, and we learn a little something about ol' Dale Arnold too.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Bruins Training Camp Debut Edition 09-18-14

We tackle four question marks the Bruins face for 2014-2015 as they open up training camp today.

Jim Koch joins Planet Mik…

Jim Koch joins Planet Mikey

Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.

Danny Picard talks Red Sox and Patriots with Mike Giardi

Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.

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.

Producers Podcast: Sausag…

Producers Podcast: Sausage and Beans 9-18-14

Your beloved hosts are joined by WEEI.com Bruins reporter DJ Bean as well as producer of the Dennis & Callahan Show, Craig "Sausage" Sawisch. Support America: Support Your Local Post Office

Dennis & Callahan's Breaking Balls Podcast: The NFL's hot mess, Jenny Dell and who has bad breath.

Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.

Minor Details Ep. 100: A minor centennial with Rob Bradford, Mike Hazen and Jim Callis

The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.

Jim Souhan on Adrian Pete…

Jim Souhan on Adrian Peterson 9-17-14

Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Adrian Peterson.

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Adrian Peterson finally r…

Adrian Peterson finally reprimanded 9-17-14

The guys react to the Adrian Peterson news.

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Peter King with Dale and …

Peter King with Dale and Holley

We check in with Peter King from SI/MMQB for our weekly look at the National Football League and more.

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Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Everett gets a casino 9-17-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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Rodney Harrison chooses n…

Rodney Harrison chooses not to comment on Adrian Peterson, 9-16-14

Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.

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