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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
07/17/2013 - 8:31am
NEW YORK -- The All-Star Game proved the day of The Closer, a moment for the baseball world to offer center stage to the great Mariano Rivera and afford the ninth-inning legend the opportunity to take a bow. 
Alex Speier
07/15/2013 - 7:07am
  NEW YORK -- The dynamic is a fascinating one.  In the short-term, there is some admitted uncertainty from the Red Sox about what they have on the left side of their infield, an area of instability this year. 
Alex Speier
07/14/2013 - 6:19am
In some ways, it seems appropriate that Brandon Workman could not get through even a full week of his big league career without shuffling between the rotation and the bullpen. After all, when he was an amateur, the debate about whether he was better-suited for life as a starter or reliever was a polarizing one. 
Alex Speier
07/12/2013 - 8:22am
  For years, it's been a dirty word in the eyes of the public. The mere notion has offended plenty of sensibilities throughout New England.  "Bridge." 
Alex Speier
07/10/2013 - 7:56am
With Andrew Miller almost certainly done for the year, how can the Red Sox replace one of the most overpowering left-handers in the game? The task isn't easy. 
Alex Speier
07/09/2013 - 6:15am
  The situation looks bleak.
Alex Speier
07/03/2013 - 8:21am
  On the surface, the elements are difficult to reconcile. 
Alex Speier
07/02/2013 - 7:58am
It now looms in plain view, growing ever larger on the horizon. The baseball calendar has now arrived at its annual month of mayhem, with frenzied discussion of the trade market for players bound to consume the game with growing intensity through July 31. 
Alex Speier
07/01/2013 - 7:48am
  It is a name that is as pleasing as it is misleading. 
Alex Speier
06/27/2013 - 10:04am
The Red Sox and Clay Buchholz tried to grasp at the silver lining, clinging to the notion that the pitcher continues to make incremental progress in his recovery from the strained trapezius muscle that has now kept him out for nearly th
Alex Speier
06/26/2013 - 9:09am
Perhaps it's because Ryan Dempster is so unassuming that it is so easy to overlook his accomplishments on the mound. Or maybe, even in an age where a pitcher's won-loss record is understood to be a poor measure of his performance, it's because the right-hander wears a 5-9 mark at this stage of the season.
Alex Speier
06/25/2013 - 10:24am
The sight was puzzling. 
Alex Speier
06/22/2013 - 7:37am
  This isn’t a matter of the emperor not having any clothes. But, perhaps it’s time to acknowledge that he has a new wardrobe. Perhaps it’s simply time to accept that Jon Lester is no longer the same pitcher that he was at his dominating best from 2008 through 2011. 
Alex Speier
06/21/2013 - 8:03am
  Keith Foulke knows the deal. 
Alex Speier
06/19/2013 - 7:36am
It was a contrast difficult to overlook. 
Alex Speier
06/14/2013 - 9:02am
By this point, you've probably heard that Red Sox top prospect Xander Bogaerts has now been promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket. And by this point, you've probably heard that Bogaerts is a potential superstar-in-the-making -- one of the top prospects in all of the minors, if not the top prospect.
Alex Speier
06/10/2013 - 11:37am
In his first spring training with the Red Sox in 2010, young shortstop Jose Iglesias would sometimes show up unannounced at the house of then-minor league hitting coordinator Victor Rodriguez, He wanted to discuss hitting, to learn, to thin
Alex Speier
06/07/2013 - 7:59am
Left-hander Trey Ball entered the season being viewed as the consensus best two-way player in the draft, someone worthy of early-round status as an outfielder or pitcher. But the mystery surrounding his potential career path lasted about as long as his first outing of the year.
Alex Speier
06/06/2013 - 2:39am
The Red Sox recognize that they have access to a different pool of talents in this year's draft than at any other point in recent memory. The team hasn't picked as high as No.
Alex Speier
06/05/2013 - 7:42am
Yes, yes, it's early. Yes, there are still more than 100 games to go in the regular season.
Alex Speier
06/04/2013 - 7:59am
The Red Sox did not merely dip their toe into the free agent pool last offseason so much as they dove in wearing scuba gear.
Alex Speier
06/03/2013 - 8:27am
 
Alex Speier
06/02/2013 - 9:39am
NEW YORK -- On Saturday night, Mike Napoli enjoyed another highlight reel moment in a season that has already produced a number of them.
Alex Speier
06/01/2013 - 8:06am
NEW YORK -- How much is too much for Jon Lester?


Audio On Demand

NFL Sunday - Hour 2 - Arc…

NFL Sunday - Hour 2 - Arcand and Price discuss Tom Brady and the QB situation and if the Patriots should take a look at new free agent RB Karlos Williams -- 8-21-16

Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.

NFL Sunday - Hour 1 - Arcand and Price discuss the second preseason game against the Bears -- 8-21-16

Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.

Dale, Holley, and Thornton with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, 8-15-16

We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics PG joins OMF, 6-30-16

Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy

Danny Ainge, Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball joins OMF, 6-24-16

Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.

Mookie Betts Player of th…

Mookie Betts Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1

8-22-16 Red Sox Review w/ Christian Arcand

David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.

Andrew Benintendi Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run

ESPN hockey writer Joe Mc…

ESPN hockey writer Joe McDonald joins Ken Laird to talk #Bruins free agency 7-2-16

Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

D&C - A strange Philadelp…

D&C - A strange Philadelphia radio firing 8-25-16

Gerry, Kirk and Mut discuss the firing of a Philadelphia radio host who ripped a rival host for having a white producer who imitated a fake black caller.

D&C - The David Ortiz 40-year-old, 30HR season with a side of steroid suspicion 8-25-16

Kirk, Gerry and Mut get into some David Ortiz legacy talk in the 8am hour of the Thursday show.

D&C - Will Tom Brady play at all in the preseason? 8-25-16

After Kirk & Gerry get their digs in on Mut and some movie news, they move on to some Patriots QB talk with an eye on Friday night's game in Carolina.

OMF - Should Tom Brady go…

OMF - Should Tom Brady go to Carolina for the 3rd Preseason game? 8-25-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate the value of playing Tom Brady in the preseason, and they opine about whether or not he should even be on the team plane.

OMF - Andrew Benintendi's knee, and Papi's well-aged muscle, 8-25-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk Benintendi's knee injury, and compare Big Papi's season to other 40 year old players. And the juicing question comes up again...

OMF - Grading John Farrell's performance in last night's bad loss, 8-25-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate John Farrell's decision to stay with Porcello into the 8th, and his use of the bullpen.

Patriots acquire Barkevio…

Patriots acquire Barkevious Mingo for a 5th round pick - analysis and reaction

We discuss the Patriots latest acquisition, what they had to give up, and how Mingo will fit on this defense.

Do the Sox have the right to be tired? Fans split on using fatigue as an excuse

A discussion about the disappointing end of the Sox road trip turns into an ultimatum on whether or not pro baseball players are aloud to use fatigue as an excuse.

Red Sox end road trip with a couple of tough losses

The up again, down again Red Sox are feeling down again after blowing two very winnable games to end this road trip. We discuss it with you.

Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

Ep: 28 - Chris Curtis

Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.

Ep. 27: Gary Tanguay

Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.

Enough About Me - Ep. 29:…

Enough About Me - Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Bill "Spaceman" Lee

Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.

Sports Check Up- Ep 4: Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill discuss football season

Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer

Enough About Me - Ep. 29:…

Enough About Me - Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

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Does NESN need to be care…

Does NESN need to be careful with their new on-air talent? 8-24-16

NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?

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D&C - Is Bill Belichick s…

D&C - Is Bill Belichick snubbing Tom Brady? Is Brady being childish? 8-24-16

Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.

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D&C - A strange Philadelp…

D&C - A strange Philadelphia radio firing 8-25-16

Gerry, Kirk and Mut discuss the firing of a Philadelphia radio host who ripped a rival host for having a white producer who imitated a fake black caller.

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Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

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