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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
12/14/2012 - 10:50am
The Red Sox entered the offseason hoping to re-sign David Ortiz and add a starting pitcher, a first baseman and two corner outfielders. The team has spent aggressively to add a number of players who are viewed (aside from Ortiz) as complementary but who fall below the level of stars.
Alex Speier
12/13/2012 - 9:26am
Shane Victorino is set for introduction as a member of the Red Sox on Thursday. But even while he is front and center, a great deal of attention will turn to The Man Who Isn’t There.
Alex Speier
12/11/2012 - 9:59am
There are players whose dazzling athleticism commands the attention of scouts in a way that ensures their draft prominence. Mike Napoli is not among them.
Alex Speier
12/09/2012 - 11:24pm
A great deal of gray matter has been dedicated to the question of whether or not Josh Hamilton might sign a relatively short-term, high-dollar deal as a free agent.
Alex Speier
12/07/2012 - 7:54am
The Red Sox’ work with their lineup and position playing core isn’t done, but it’s not far from it. Starting pitching is another story.
Alex Speier
12/05/2012 - 9:11am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- So, what kind of room remains in the Red Sox budget?
Alex Speier
12/01/2012 - 9:52am
For John Farrell, the idea of dividing the work of hitting instruction between two coaches was a no-brainer. The job responsibilities of the position have grown to such an extent -- with a focus on both the technical aspect of swings and advance video work of scouting opposing pitchers -- suggest that the jobs of a hitting coach are now best divided among two coaches.
Alex Speier
11/30/2012 - 10:20am
It is a term that lives in infamy in recent Red Sox lore, one from which team owners tried to distance themselves if not outright repudiate after its introduction to the team’s vocabulary.
Alex Speier
11/29/2012 - 1:34am
The Red Sox stood on the sidelines and watched as the Braves and Phillies took part in the B.J. Upton battle, an NL East competition that resulted in the 28-year-old receiving a five-year, $75.25 million deal from Atlanta.
Alex Speier
11/28/2012 - 9:16am
Why is it that Mike Napoli appears to be the free agent whom the Red Sox are pursuing most aggressively? How did a player who hit .227 in 2012 become so important that principal owner John Henry took part in his recruiting dinner?
Alex Speier
11/27/2012 - 8:56am
Game on.
Alex Speier
11/16/2012 - 7:20pm
The Trout vs. Cabrera debate dominated discussion of the American League MVP race.
Alex Speier
11/15/2012 - 9:55am
Jerry Sands spent six weeks in an ill-defined realm. 
Alex Speier
11/13/2012 - 10:34am
The 2012 season altered perceptions of what young players can accomplish in the big leagues.
Alex Speier
11/06/2012 - 3:42am
It seems almost impossible to fathom that on July 16, the Red Sox had moved into legitimate contention.
Alex Speier
10/31/2012 - 10:09am
Xander Bogaerts can hit. No question there.
Alex Speier
10/25/2012 - 3:07am
Now, the Red Sox face the unfamiliar terrain of what may prove an offseason that resembles few in recent memory. 
Alex Speier
10/24/2012 - 9:13am
It was a day for the Red Sox to start anew. 
Alex Speier
10/22/2012 - 8:20am
It’s the pitching, stupid. 
Alex Speier
10/21/2012 - 10:58am
From the time that the Red Sox began the process of searching for Terry Francona’s replacement in 2011, they knew whom they wanted.
Alex Speier
10/13/2012 - 9:11am
Five years ago, the Red Sox nearly confronted the same horrible two-word counterfactual inquiry that will haunt the 2012 Washington Nationals all offseason: What if?


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