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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.

 
COLUMNS
Alex Speier
04/22/2014 - 6:34am
There is no way around it: Clay Buchholz doesn't look like himself on the mound. 
Alex Speier
04/19/2014 - 12:33am
The Red Sox offense remains mired in a profound slump. Yet that doesn't mean the team shouldn't be able to win. 
Alex Speier
04/15/2014 - 6:23am
This is the dangerous time, when a glimpse at a team is likely as not to represent a walk past funhouse mirrors. The view is distorted, with strengths and weaknesses alike stretched and smushed in a fashion that reveals little about the true shape of a performance. 
Alex Speier
04/14/2014 - 6:45am
The Red Sox would much rather leave the 2010 yearbook on the shelves, unopened.
Alex Speier
04/09/2014 - 6:40am
In spring training, it was an either/or. That's not necessarily the case anymore. The time may be coming when we see Shane Victorino and Grady Sizemore flanking Jackie Bradley Jr.  
Alex Speier
04/08/2014 - 7:14am
Most kids daydreamed in their backyards about hitting baseballs impossibly far. Jackie Bradley Jr. spent his formative baseball years intent on running impossibly far to catch them. 
Alex Speier
04/07/2014 - 6:16am
Unfamiliar adversity has come early.  It took all of one week for the Red Sox to find themselves in the sort of uncomfortable position that rarely characterized their 2013 title march. A year ago, the team used a strong start as a springboard to a methodical steamrolling through the season. 
Alex Speier
04/05/2014 - 5:44am
For years, the Red Sox have tried to feature a bullpen with multiple experienced closers in order to ensure nightly length and structure for their bullpen. And for years, they've struggled in that undertaking.
Alex Speier
04/02/2014 - 3:17am
BALTIMORE -- Miraculous? The term seems a bit too strong -- but only a bit. 
Alex Speier
04/01/2014 - 5:20am
BALTIMORE -- Yes, Jon Lester took the loss on Opening Day in the Red Sox' 2-1 defeat, but he looked very much like the pitcher whom the Red Sox want and need him to
Alex Speier
03/31/2014 - 9:00am
BALTIMORE -- The maturity of Xander Bogaerts, his evident comfort in the spotlight, is so compelling that it is sometimes easy to forget how quickly his baseball career is taking shape. But as he prepared for his first Opening Day in the big leagues, the 21-year-old remained mindful of his path.
Alex Speier
03/30/2014 - 8:38am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There had been other times in his baseball career when Will Middlebrooks couldn't see what others could. But never before had that notion been so literal. 
Alex Speier
03/29/2014 - 12:31am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Not everyone is surprised by what Grady Sizemore is doing. 
Alex Speier
03/28/2014 - 12:37pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For Grady Sizemore, good baseball news had been a rarity over the last five years.
Alex Speier
03/27/2014 - 6:34am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- This is what a baseball player should look like.
Alex Speier
03/26/2014 - 6:24am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The year after: It can be an ugly place. 
Alex Speier
03/25/2014 - 5:17am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- That David Ortiz will finish his career with the Red Sox now seems virtually assured. The same is true of Dustin Pedroia.
Alex Speier
03/22/2014 - 7:15am
Life on the mound may not begin at 30 for Jon Lester, but the left-hander has no intention of letting it end at this phase of his career. 
Alex Speier
03/19/2014 - 5:00am
Has too little been made of the challenge the Red Sox face in trying to replace Jacoby Ellsbury and fellow departed free agents Jarrod Saltalamacchia an
Alex Speier
03/16/2014 - 8:12am
Will Middlebrooks appears to have diagnosed the problem. But does that mean that a solution is within reach?
Alex Speier
03/11/2014 - 6:30am
To switch-hit or not? Even on a day when he played his first game of 2014, batting exclusively from the right side, Shane Victorino wasn't ready to answer the question. 
Alex Speier
03/02/2014 - 8:31am
Of all the soundtracks that have greeted a reliever on the commute from the bullpen to the mound, it's safe to suggest that the Freakonomics podcast has never been employed. Though an unabashed fan of the series, new Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop is unlikely to buck that trend.
Alex Speier
02/27/2014 - 5:49am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- While the shape of the Red Sox roster seems largely settled, there are some players with quite a bit at stake with spring training games ready to get underway. 
Alex Speier
02/25/2014 - 6:45am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Forget for a second what you think you know about Felix Doubront and focus instead on what is fact. Here's the profile: -- He's had health problems that have limited him on the mound to about 160 innings in each of the last two years.
Alex Speier
02/24/2014 - 6:57am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Dalier Hinojosa welcomes the request. "Good -- finally. My first interview," he says with a laugh in Spanish. "The first of many."  His is a story worth telling. ---


Audio On Demand

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss …

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss with Dale and Holley

We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.

Chris Price, WEEI.com, joins Butch Stearns to talk franchise tags and NFL free agency 3-1-15

Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.

Jim Quirk, NFLRA Executive Director, talks with Mut about the NFLRA's statement, 2-18-15

Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement

SB Nation's Paul Flannery…

SB Nation's Paul Flannery joins Mike Mutnansky, 2-19-15

Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline

SI's Chris Mannix with Dale and Holley

We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.

We Love Anthony Davis - Jessica Camerato joins us to talk Marcus Smart

Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.

WEEI.com's Rob Bradford (…

WEEI.com's Rob Bradford (@Bradfo) joins Butch Stearns from sunny Fort Myers on "Picture Day" 3-1-15

The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.

David Ortiz says remove instant replay to increase pace of baseball

David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.

Hot Stove Show 02-26-15

Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game

Sunday Skate with WEEI's …

Sunday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean and ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald - Hour #2 3-1-15

In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.

Sunday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean and ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald - Hour #1 3-1-15

Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.

Scott Burnside, ESPN, joins DJ Bean and Joey Mac on Sunday Skate 3-1-15

Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.

Tom Curran on the departu…

Tom Curran on the departure of Vince Wilfork 3-5-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk chat with Tom Curran about the Patriots declining Vince Wilfork's option and the status of Darrelle Revis.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Size does matter 3-5-15

All the latest stories brought to you by Kirk Minihane.

Michele McPhee takes us inside the courtroom 3-5-15

McPhee joined Dennis, Callahan and Minihane to give a first hand account of the proceedings inside the courtroom during the trial of the Boston bomber.

Pierre McGuire: Asking pr…

Pierre McGuire: Asking price was too high at NHL trade deadline 3-5-15

Peirre McGuire of NBC Sports to talk about the snake-bit Bruins and their chances of making the playoffs. Pierre then weighs in the idea of Christian Fauria playing goalie

Steve Cooper, 7 News, discusses the first day of the Boston Marathon Trial 3-5-15

Steve Cooper, reporter for 7 News, joined the show to talk about the first day of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial.

Three For All - Bad Teachers, Stoned Bunnies, and the World's Best Cooking Show. 3-5-15

Legalization issues, substitute teachers shower outrageous movies, and Auntie Fee, the best cooking show host.

Saying goodbye to a Bosto…

Saying goodbye to a Boston sports staple: So Long Vince Wilfork

Michael, Dale and Jerry reflect on the career of Vince Wilfork with the Patriots, and wonder if it's really final... whether there's any chance at all that Vince could return to the Patriots.

Great last second win for Tyler Zeller and the Celtics

Michael and Jerry talk about the Celts win last night, and a great play drawn up by Brad Stevens for the win.

Is losing Wilfork part of a greater off-season plan for the Patriots?

Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how losing Wilfork's salary cap hit might be part of a bigger plan to hang on to Darrelle Revis and others.

The Rev Girls come in stu…

The Rev Girls come in studio to talk MLS

Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.

Bill "Spaceman" Lee talks Red Sox spring training andCuban baseball players

Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.

Kirk Minihane calls to clear the air with Mikey

Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.

We Love Anthony Davis - A…

We Love Anthony Davis - Adam Himmelsbach from the Boston Globe, 3-4-15

Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.

Wrestlecast 3/03

Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.

College Puckcast – Hockey East opening round preview with Mike McMahon and Northeastern coach Jim Madigan

WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin previews the opening round of the Hockey East tournament with Northeastern coach Jim Madigan and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and The Mack Report.

Curt Schilling takes on t…

Curt Schilling takes on the Twitter trolls 3-2-15

Curt Schilling didn't back down when twitter trolls took shots at his daughter. Dino, Gerry and Kirk applaud Schill's stand.

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Tom Curran on the departure of Vince Wilfork 3-5-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk chat with Tom Curran about the Patriots declining Vince Wilfork's option and the status of Darrelle Revis.

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Curt Schilling talks about taking on the Twitter trolls 3-3-15

Schilling chatted about his decision to fight back against the Twitter trolls that targeted his daughter. Curt talks about what he would like to see happen to the most vicious trolls.

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Curt Schilling shines light on internet trolls and greater societal problem in the process

We discuss Curt Schilling's outing of the internet trolls who thought rape jokes were appropriate to direct at his daughter, and we discuss it with you, on how this isn't just a sports issue, it's a societal issue.

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