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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
03/03/2010 - 2:30am
FORT MYERS, Fla. – It is popular sport to disparage spring training, especially for a team such as the Red Sox that would appear to have almost all of its roster set.
Alex Speier
03/02/2010 - 8:09am
Alex Speier
02/24/2010 - 7:03am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — In his session with the media on Tuesday, Mike Lowell said that the Red Sox front office had not approached him about the possibility of remaining in Boston and contributing in a reserve role.
Alex Speier
02/23/2010 - 8:17am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Ortiz did more than arrive at spring training on Monday.
Alex Speier
02/22/2010 - 8:13am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The bullpen sessions that are a staple of spring training can seem monotonous. But for John Farrell, they represent an opportunity.
Alex Speier
02/19/2010 - 7:22am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — John Lackey would represent a substantial upgrade to any rotation in the majors. Yet at the beginning of the offseason, it was common to question why the Red Sox would channel tremendous resources to address an area of apparent strength.
Alex Speier
02/16/2010 - 11:39pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The great ones emerge stronger.  
Alex Speier
02/05/2010 - 4:43am
Victor Martinez is one of the best hitting catchers in major league history. Yet it remains to be seen whether the Red Sox — or anyone else — will pay him like one.
Alex Speier
01/29/2010 - 3:03am
There were few surprises among the list of participants in the Red Sox’ Rookie Development Program.
Alex Speier
01/21/2010 - 1:11am
The Red Sox currently are conducting their annual Rookie Development Program. The program typically includes some of the top prospects in the organization who the club believes could make their big league debuts in a 12- to 18-month time frame.
Alex Speier
01/20/2010 - 12:24am
"Money often costs too much." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life The offseason Red Sox storylines have been numerous and fascinating: the saga of Jason Bay, the sudden and decisive move to sign John Lackey, the winter-long uncertainty of Mike Lowell, the team's defense-first sequence of signings meant to overhaul run prevention.
Alex Speier
01/19/2010 - 10:10am
The Red Sox currently are conducting their annual Rookie Development Program. The program typically includes some of the top prospects in the organization who the club believes could make their big league debuts in a 12- to 18-month time frame.
Alex Speier
01/15/2010 - 1:18pm
The Red Sox are currently conducting their annual Rookie Development Program. The program typically includes some of the top prospects in the organization who the club believes could make their big-league debuts in a 12- to 18-month timeframe.
Alex Speier
01/15/2010 - 5:35am
It is not so much that Bill James’ ideas about defense have changed. The father of modern baseball statistical analysis insists that he has never doubted the value of great glove work.
Alex Speier
01/13/2010 - 12:04pm
The Red Sox are currently conducting their annual Rookie Development Program.
Alex Speier
01/12/2010 - 2:43am
The notion was raised by Peter Gammons a couple weeks ago on WEEI. The Hall of Fame scribe recalled that Rickey Henderson found the physical punishment of playing center field to be somewhat detrimental to his offense.
Alex Speier
01/06/2010 - 4:19am
So just how much impact can a baseball team make by upgrading its defense — particularly if that comes at the expense of the lineup?  
Alex Speier
12/30/2009 - 3:05am
The turn of events is striking.
Alex Speier
12/18/2009 - 5:21am
There are some players whose signings with the Red Sox lead to skepticism about whether they can handle the unique challenges of playing in Boston. John Lackey is not such a player. The new Sox starter, after all, has never been one to shy from a challenge. That has been apparent since his first days as a professional.
Alex Speier
12/16/2009 - 1:19am
On Friday, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino sounded a note of some defiance about his team’s commitment to the 2010 season. He insisted the Sox' financial investment in winning would remain undiminished in the coming season.
Alex Speier
12/15/2009 - 6:44am
It was one of the most dizzying and decisive offseason days in recent Red Sox memory. It started with news that the trade of Mike Lowell to the Rangers for catcher Max Ramirez was in jeopardy due to concerns that Lowell might require thumb surgery. Ordinarily, such a development would be monumental. Yet by the end of Monday, it bordered on an afterthought.
Alex Speier
12/10/2009 - 5:42am
INDIANAPOLIS – In some respects, it seems preposterous that the Red Sox stand on the verge of trading Mike Lowell and pursuing Adrian Beltre as his possible replacement at third base.  
Alex Speier
12/09/2009 - 11:39am
INDIANAPOLIS – In some respects, the most significant Red Sox news of the Winter Meetings has been a reflection of how good a run the team had while former director of amateur scouting Jason McLeod was in charge of the team’s draft. McLeod left the Sox last week to join the San Diego Padres as their Assistant GM, but the significance of his work in Boston has remained plainly apparent.
Alex Speier
12/09/2009 - 4:33am
INDIANAPOLIS — The information on the market for outfielders Jason Bay and Matt Holliday has arrived in drips.
Alex Speier
12/08/2009 - 4:09am
INDIANAPOLIS – If the 2010 baseball season began this week (inclement weather be damned), the following assessment would be made of the Red Sox:


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

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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

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

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Drug Abuse ve. Domestic Violence: Fair Comparison, 7-25-14

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