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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
12/02/2013 - 9:31am
  It was almost exactly a year ago that the Red Sox offseason started to take shape.
Alex Speier
11/28/2013 - 9:34am
Depth proved a hallmark of the Red Sox' 2013 run to a championship.
Alex Speier
11/22/2013 - 9:28am
 
Alex Speier
11/19/2013 - 8:59am
A case can be made that the Red Sox' most significant question mark this offseason is at catcher. Of the four needs (catcher, first base, shortstop, center field) created through their 2013 regulars who reached free agency, catcher is the one without a clear in-house solution as an option. 
Alex Speier
11/15/2013 - 11:31am
  A few elements stood out about the 2013 American League MVP voting:  -- Miguel Cabrera beat Mike Trout handily (again).
Alex Speier
11/12/2013 - 2:25am
  It's a lot of money. In some respects, it's hard to imagine that a player could walk away from a one-year, $14.1 million offer without batting an eye. 
Alex Speier
11/06/2013 - 8:32am
  Jarrod Saltalamacchia rode the fast track from his selection out of high school as a first-round pick in the 2003 draft to the big leagues in 2007. Yet while his talent permitted him to move at a startling pace through the Braves farm system, making his big league debut on his 22nd birthday, there was an obstacle in his path that ultimately proved insurmountable. 
Alex Speier
11/05/2013 - 9:11am
Contract offers for Drews can never just go unnoticed. 
Alex Speier
11/01/2013 - 7:57am
An extraordinary season and team now will yield to change. It's part of the gig, an inevitability of how team-building and roster management works in the era of free agency, even for a Red Sox team that in 2013 proved one that seemed to fit together so seamlessly both on and off the field, with a striking number of players performing at something approximating the peak of their abilities. 
Alex Speier
10/31/2013 - 7:15am
You can call it luck, you can call it magic, you can call it a sense of purpose or determination or alchemy or chemistry -- but know that it was something. 
Alex Speier
10/31/2013 - 6:54am
The Improbable Dream became reality on Wednesday night at 11:22 p.m., when the 2013 Red Sox became the unlikeliest title winners in franchise history when closer Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to close out a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals, thus concluding a six-game World Series triumph.
Alex Speier
10/30/2013 - 10:31am
How have they gotten here? 
Alex Speier
10/29/2013 - 9:07am
ST. LOUIS -- It has now been a bit more than 11 years since Jon Lester became the first player drafted under the current Red Sox ownership group in 2002. Then, the 18-year-old was a young high school pitcher with shoot-the-moon potential whom the team's amateur scouts hoped might one day anchor a championship-caliber rotation.
Alex Speier
10/28/2013 - 9:27am
ST. LOUIS -- "Now we go. Now we go."  Those were the words Jonny Gomes beamed about two hours before Game 4 of the World Series, as he commenced the shifting of gears that represented the change of mindset and preparation from being a reserve for the contest to being summoned into starting duty. 
Alex Speier
10/27/2013 - 6:32am
  ST. LOUIS -- It is a play that may live in infamy. 
Alex Speier
10/26/2013 - 9:14am
  ST. LOUIS -- This is not by design. This is not Plan A. 
Alex Speier
10/22/2013 - 3:33am
  During spring training, Red Sox left-hander Craig Breslow suggested an exercise: Remove the nameplates. 
Alex Speier
10/21/2013 - 3:05am
  Present and future collided in spectacular fashion for the Red Sox on Saturday, in a manner that not only secured the team's entry to the World Series but also laid the cornerstone of the coming Era of Xander. 
Alex Speier
10/19/2013 - 9:02am
Could it be that the winner of the American League Championship Series will have been decided in the third-base coach's box? Or, perhaps, in the form of the lumbering slugger who proved the superior baserunner? 
Alex Speier
10/17/2013 - 8:56am
  DETROIT -- When the Tigers amassed five runs in the second inning against the Red Sox, the rally represented a cold splash of water to the face. 
Alex Speier
10/16/2013 - 7:29am
  DETROIT -- Yes, Miguel Cabrera is injured. He is a wounded Tiger, dealing with an injury to his left leg that has him visibly limping at times, contributing to a stretch from Aug. 27 through the first four games of the ALDS in which he had just two extra-base hits.


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Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-3…

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.

It Is What It Is Cast: Brandon Browner gets fired up

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.

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.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network…

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.

Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox Manager John Farrell

Rob and Alex talk with John Farrell about all the moves the Red Sox made at the deadline, what they gave up and what they gained.

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.

We're all yelling about LeBron James

Producer's Podcast-Is Leb…

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.

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 traded to Oakl…

Jon Lester traded to Oakland and Lou Merloni is pissed 7-31-14

Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.

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Jonny Gomes: "I didn't wa…

Jonny Gomes: "I didn't want to go anywhere. I can't fathom any player ever wanting to leave Boston." 7-31-14

Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes

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John Lackey is traded to …

John Lackey is traded to St. Louis, Lou's emotional roller coaster continues. 7-31-14

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

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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.

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