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#1 Orel Miraculous

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:04 PM

I was going to post this in the "Fellowship of the Miserable" thread as an example of a great piece of Red Sox reporting that you just don't see in the Globe anymore, but screw it. 

 

For a few years now, Alex Speier has been consistently producing the best Red Sox-related content around and he needs a thread dedicated to his work.  His knowledge of the minor league system is as vast as anyone in the Boston media, he understands statistical analysis, and, most importantly, he treats his readers with respect.

 

This opus he posted yesterday, The Blueprint:  Defining the Path to the Next Great Red Sox Team,  is essentially the defining article of the 2013 Boston Red Sox.  Read it, and then use this thread to continue to discuss his work throughout the season.



#2 DaveRoberts'Shoes


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:29 PM

I'm a big fan of his work -  having spoken to him about Sox' injuries on a few occasions, can vouch for him being a very intelligent and thoughtful guy, unlike a lot of sports writers.

 

Then again, most of us Harvard guys are :blink:



#3 absintheofmalaise


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:39 PM

Speier is, by far, the best Sox beat writer out there right now. I read his work almost exclusively, followed up by BMac, Britton and Bradford. He's a good guy too. He's always  willing to help out with our various charity endeavors. 



#4 BellhornsBiatch

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:55 PM

Speier is, by far, the best Sox beat writer out there right now. I read his work almost exclusively, followed up by BMac, Britton and Bradford. He's a good guy too. He's always  willing to help out with our various charity endeavors. 

I'm with you abs. Speier has been the best in town for a few years now, but MacPherson and Britton have that lauriat/lit-geek vibe that I find pretty refreshing in comparison to your standard, rote chronological record-of-event folks. Speier must love it here because he'd wipe the floor with a lot of the national guys too.


Edited by BellhornsBiatch, 13 February 2013 - 01:55 PM.


#5 SoxLegacy

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:39 PM

I read that article yesterday and thought it was an outstanding piece of work--very insightful and filled with fascinating information. I agree, he's a great read and I enjoy listening to him on the Hot Stove podcasts as well.



#6 Orel Miraculous

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:02 AM

This is what I'm talking about:  1500 words just about "power shagging" and JBJ's defense.  I love this stuff.


 

While those who watch Bradley and the outfielder himself note that his outstanding defense reflects incredible instincts, it's far more than that. Bradley spends batting practice adding to two databases that give him a mature sense of where a ball will conclude its flight. The first incorporates weather, trajectory, spin, field conditions and batter strength; the second involves the precise movements -- stride, angle, glove position -- that permit him to get to such a tremendous volume of balls hit between left-center and right-center.


And so, when Bradley amplifies the degree of difficulty in his power shagging, it is not eyewash.


"Sometimes, instead of getting around [the ball], I try to put myself in a difficult situation to see if I can re-enact a play," said Bradley. "You never know -- the spin, the wind, if you slip. I actually slow down in order to make a play more difficult sometimes.

 


 


 

How good is Bradley's defense? Consider the following:


When Bradley played with High-A Salem in the first half of 2012, the team gave up 4.3 runs per nine innings. After his promotion, the club permitted 5.6 runs per game, an increase of roughly 30 percent.


Prior to Bradley's arrival, Double-A Portland gave up 4.9 runs per game. Once he joined the Sea Dogs, Portland yielded 4.2 runs per game, a decrease of roughly 14 percent.


Perhaps other factors explained those changes in the fortunes of the two clubs. Perhaps.

 



#7 SoxLegacy

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:53 AM

Just finished reading that JBJ article by Speier and thought I'd come here and share, but Orel beat me to it! It was another terrific piece of writing--definitely worth the read both for the information about JBJ as well as the excellent writing of Speier,



#8 riboflav

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:56 PM

Alex is killing it this month. What a shot in the face to every sports commentator who complains there's nothing write about or talk about, especially this time of year.



#9 mabrowndog


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:16 PM

He was on with D&C this morning, outclassing the hosts with both his attitude and intellect.

http://audio.weei.com/a/71151439/alex-speier-weei-com-sits-in-with-dennis-and-callahan-to-look-back-over-the-weekend-in-fort-myers.htm


Edited by mabrowndog, 18 February 2013 - 04:18 PM.


#10 Clears Cleaver


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:25 PM

Speier is tremendous. He writes like hes angling for a job within the organization. I mean that as a complement. It's always smart and cuts through the press conference directives we get from every other sox beat writer or columnist. But he needs to cut or shave that chest/neck hair. Lol

#11 riboflav

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:45 PM

<p>He was on with D&C this morning, outclassing the hosts with both his attitude and intellect.

http://audio.weei.co...-fort-myers.htm</p>

 

Many cringe worthy moments in that listen and Alex handled them with graceful aplomb.



#12 mabrowndog


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:18 AM

Many cringe worthy moments in that listen and Alex handled them with graceful aplomb.

 

What struck me was how often he had to correct the hosts, who are clearly too lazy to verify easily verifiable facts like Aceves' salary and the nature of Napoli's hip condition. And as you note, Alex did so while remaining upbeat and without a shred of condescension.



#13 Red(s)HawksFan

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:02 AM

He's kicking their asses again this morning. This is great.

He tells them they're "empirically wrong" to say the Sox are too slow in bringing up prospects. Callahan asks "what does empirically mean?"

Edited by Red(s)HawksFan, 20 February 2013 - 08:04 AM.


#14 Snodgrass'Muff


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

I just read the blueprint article and I'm glad I checked here before starting a thread on the main board, as it would have been redundant to a degree.  We've covered most of what he talks about in one thread or another since the end of last season, and while it puts a lot of answers in one place for easy reference, more discussion of the same wouldn't really serve that much purpose.  The main thrust of starting such a thread would have been to funnel some traffic to that article because it was a really well done piece and is worth the fifteen minutes or so it takes to dig into it.



#15 mabrowndog


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:13 PM

Alex also has a really great piece titled "The Long Road From The Top" in the 2013 Lindy's Red Sox annual (being discussed on the main board). It's a detailed, sometimes castigating but brutally honest assessment of the tumultuous stretch from Sept 2011 through last fall, followed by a solid overview of what the FO appears to be doing to climb out of the grave.



#16 SoxLegacy

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:08 PM

Alex with another excellent piece of writing here on Allen Webster: http://www.weei.com/...x-pitcher-allen-



#17 absintheofmalaise


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:38 PM

Speier has the first part of a three part series on the Sox ownership today. I think it's a must read, as most of his work is. He will also be on of the speakers at the Saber Seminar this August, along with Brian MacPherson and Michael Silverman.



#18 joe dokes

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 07:14 AM

Great stuff. It's so rare to be able to come away from "newspaper" stories these days and be able to focus solely on the content -- in this case, the actions and styles of the owners -- and not have to say anything about the effort/agenda/personality of the writer.

 

Part 2 is up.

http://www.weei.com/...part-2-fenway-s



#19 twibnotes


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 11:11 AM

Part 3 is up

http://www.weei.com/...part-3-more-han

I think it's the best one as it touches on how ownership, particularly Henry, weighs in on baseball decisions today and in the past

#20 erfus

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 01:17 PM

This maybe better suited for the minor league forum, but I wanted to throw more kudos toward Alex Speier and also to his guest on the podcast this week, Jim Callis:

 

http://audio.weei.co...all-america.htm

 

I know Mr. Callis is also a friend of SoSH having done a couple of chats.  I happened to see an update on mlbtraderumors that linked to the podcast as Callis is leaving Baseball America for MLB.com.  Alex Speier will be doing the Red Sox top 30 list as a correspondent.  While I am sure he will do a great job, it's certainly odd to not have Callis doing the list for the first time in 20+ years!  

 

It's must-listen stuff for those of us who follow / have followed the prospect train.



#21 SoxLegacy

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 01:40 PM

Alex with another typically excellent piece concerning how the 2013 Sox were constructed: http://www.weei.com/...ility-and-built-



#22 SoxLegacy

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 04:22 PM

Another column by Speier concerning the end of the bridge. As always worth the read. He's following this one up with a position by position look at the minor league level.



#23 Papelbon's Poutine

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 06:00 PM

Has anyone seen the positional profile articles? They don't pop up on his archive page. Thanks in advance if anyone has a link.

#24 SoxLegacy

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 06:27 PM

Has anyone seen the positional profile articles? They don't pop up on his archive page. Thanks in advance if anyone has a link.

For some reason ,the three that have been done are buried on pages 3, 5, & 6 of the Full Count blog: Here they are: 2B http://fullcount.weei.com/page/3/  Corner IF: http://fullcount.weei.com/page/5/ and C:http://fullcount.weei.com/page/6/



#25 Reverend


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Posted 03 October 2013 - 11:02 AM

Alex with another typically excellent piece concerning how the 2013 Sox were constructed: http://www.weei.com/...ility-and-built-

 

Thanks for posting--that link didn't work for me (not sure why*), but I found it here.

 

Great piece, especially against the pre-season one that started the thread. This team represents some very, very good work.

 

 

*Ah. The previous link didn't include the final "-" in the hyperlink.


Edited by Reverend, 03 October 2013 - 11:03 AM.


#26 Dan Murfman

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 04:48 PM

Speier looks back 10 years on some trade that fell through.

http://www.weei.com/...e#disqus_thread



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