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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
05/17/2013 - 8:40am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Thursday night could have had a very different twist.
Alex Speier
05/16/2013 - 8:26am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- He is the constant. When he does not feel good, he contributes. When no one else is hitting, he often is the one who seems intent on singlehandedly pulling the team out of its adversity. If there is a player who can be described as doing something every day to help his team win, he is it.
Alex Speier
05/15/2013 - 8:58am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox need for this to be a beginning.
Alex Speier
05/14/2013 - 8:51am
Perhaps it shouldn't be terribly surprising. With the arrival of both notable absences and consequent instability of roles has come instability of performance. A bullpen that was deep and had clear definition of job descriptions has seen its ranks thinned noticeably in a fashion that has had the Red Sox struggling to keep pace with opposing bullpens.
Alex Speier
05/12/2013 - 1:36am
The Red Sox offense continued a stretch of paltry offensive outputs on Saturday, dropping a 3-2 contest to the Blue Jays. The contest marked the team's seventh in 10 games, dating to May 2, in which it managed three or fewer runs.
Alex Speier
05/11/2013 - 8:11am
The tell came on Thursday night.
Alex Speier
05/10/2013 - 7:34am
Blink. Where'd the offense go? Back on May 1, the Red Sox bludgeoned the Blue Jays, 10-1, to improve to 19-8, easily the best record in the majors. And there was nothing fluky about the performance.
Alex Speier
05/08/2013 - 10:01am
Appearances can be deceiving, of course, but it is difficult to ignore them nonetheless. And right now, it appears that the walls might be narrowing on Felix Doubront in his tenure as a Red Sox starter.
Alex Speier
05/07/2013 - 9:09am
Remember when the Red Sox appeared to have the best and deepest bullpen in the majors? Scratch that.
Alex Speier
05/06/2013 - 8:05am
The controversy surrounding Clay Buchholz and the did-he-or-didn't-he obscures a more important reality to the Red Sox. Right now, the team is incredibly dependent on the right-hander, given that he appears the only one capable of helping to keep the bullpen intact.
Alex Speier
05/05/2013 - 9:12am
The surprise isn't that Will Middlebrooks is struggling now, but instead that he managed to avoid a prolonged period of being overmatched in 2012 during his introduction to the big leagues. The norm for a hitter's first exposure to the big leagues is closer to what Jackie Bradley Jr.
Alex Speier
05/03/2013 - 7:38am
It's reunion time for Mike Napoli, who is heading back to play against a Rangers team with whom he thrived over the previous couple of seasons.
Alex Speier
04/30/2013 - 1:40am
What does Mike Napoli remember about the logistics involved with getting traded to the Blue Jays in January 2011? "It sucked, I'll tell you that," Napoli recounted.
Alex Speier
04/26/2013 - 5:51am
When the Red Sox drafted Clay Buchholz in 2005, he inherited a legacy. Now, through five starts in 2013, he is doing his damnedest to live up to it.
Alex Speier
04/23/2013 - 8:03am
Will Middlebrooks was looking for some kind of change that would produce the alchemy necessary to shake his slump. He got a haircut and changed his spikes, but in retrospect, the third baseman suggested, he probably should have paid closer attention to the man who sits at the locker to his left.
Alex Speier
04/22/2013 - 7:36am
Game 1: With two outs and runners on second and third in the top of the fourth inning, a line drive screams up the middle, inching past the outstretched glove of Stephen Drew. Two runs score. Final score: Royals 4, Red Sox 2. Drew at the plate: 0-for-4, three strikeouts.
Alex Speier
04/19/2013 - 8:04am
In the absence of David Ortiz, Mike Napoli emerged as the Red Sox' most important and most consistent middle-of-the-order presence.
Alex Speier
04/15/2013 - 9:00pm
The Red Sox have now played a dozen games, roughly 7 percent of their 2013 schedule.
Alex Speier
04/14/2013 - 7:21am
On Opening Day, John Farrell was asked to describe the hallmark of a team that he manages. "The one word we continue to talk about in here," he suggested in New York, "is to be relentless."
Alex Speier
04/12/2013 - 3:45am
Is a tipping point coming with Jackie Bradley Jr.? Has it already arrived?
Alex Speier
04/10/2013 - 8:24am
The Red Sox have a shortstop who hit .450 and played nearly flawless defense over the first eight days of the season. Yet inside the team's front office, there is no real debate when it comes to the question of whether to send him down Wednesday and to commit to the man whom the club signed this offseason to be the everyday shortstop of the 2013 Red Sox.
Alex Speier
04/09/2013 - 7:07am
At a certain point, it's important not to think of Daniel Nava just in terms of where he's come from but to think of him in terms of what he is.
Alex Speier
04/05/2013 - 7:02am
NEW YORK -- It seems almost silly to quibble. After all, even with a 4-2 loss in the finale of the three-game season-opening series against the Yankees, the Red Sox emerged from a three-game set in which they seemed to do a little bit of just about everything well.
Alex Speier
04/04/2013 - 8:00am
NEW YORK -- It is a luxury. It is not a controversy.


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Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, Recapping Patriots OTAs 6-20-14

Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.

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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.

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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.

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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.

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Larry Lucchino says the Sox have tabled contract talks with Jon Lester 7-24-14

Larry Lucchino discussed the latest on the contract talks with Jon Lester.

John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We check in with the manager of the local nine to get his take on the Sox recent hot run, the performance of the pitching staff and much more.

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks about the impending MLB trade deadline, 7-23-14

With the non-waiver trade deadline a mere 8 days away, Buster talks about the market for guys like Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, Koji Uehara, and the injuries Dustin Pedroia might be dealing with.

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

Larry Lucchino says the S…

Larry Lucchino says the Sox have tabled contract talks with Jon Lester 7-24-14

Larry Lucchino discussed the latest on the contract talks with Jon Lester.

Gregg Doyel defends Tony Dungy 7-24-14

Gregg Doyel of CBS joined us to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on MIchael Sam.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Weird Al is #1 7-24-14

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

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Red Sox catcher, David Ross, joins MFB, 7-23-14

David Ross joined the show to talk a little bit about his foot injury, but mostly about some of the other guys on the team. He spoke about Jackie Bradley Jr's defense, Pedroia's leadership, and how well Christian Vasquez is playing.

Three For All: Landscaping goats, 7-23-14

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher puts peanuts in his Diet Coke, and Tim learns that this is actually normal,... in the south. Lou learns that he can get his yard trimmed up nice by goats. Christian sparks a conversation about the stupidest things ever done in the name of love.

Buster Olney, ESPN, talks about the impending MLB trade deadline, 7-23-14

With the non-waiver trade deadline a mere 8 days away, Buster talks about the market for guys like Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, Koji Uehara, and the injuries Dustin Pedroia might be dealing with.

John Farrell: No thought …

John Farrell: No thought of taking Jake Peavy out of the starting rotation at this point

We check in with the manager of the local nine to get his take on the Sox recent hot run, the performance of the pitching staff and much more.

Sidney Rice chooses his health over everything else with retirement announcement, will this continue to be a trend in the NFL?

We discuss Sidney Rice's retirement from the NFL, and the greater issue, which is concussions and head injuries in the NFL.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Patriots Preview Edition - 7-23-14

We tackle four topics all revolving around predictions and concerns for the Patriots entering the 2014 season.

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.

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Danny O Show - Canelo vs Lara recap, Ronnie Shields

Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.

The Bradfo Show: Talking hitting leadoff with Brock Holt

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.

Producer's Podcast with Julian Edlow 7-22-14

This week, Sam Packard and Zach Geld talk about the Post-Pierzynski Red Sox. Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog, joins the program to analyze the Celtics off-season, and finally an over-eager discussion of fantasy football.

Minihane returns 7-23-14

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The triumphant return of Kirk Minihane.

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