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Justin Speier | Relief Pitcher

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (44) / 11/6/1973
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Nicholls State
Drafted: 1995 / Rd. 55 (0) / CHC

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are "operating under premise that Justin Speier has retired."
The Rox cut Speier loose on April 3, but were hoping he would accept an invitation to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He has not reported to the minor league ranks and could be done for good. The 36-year-old currently owns a 4.11 career ERA and 1.25 career WHIP through 675 major league innings. Sat, May 1, 2010 04:40:00 PM

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The Rockies are hopeful that right-hander Justin Speier will report to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Speier, who failed to make the Rockies out of spring training, has expressed interest in staying with the organization should be fail to find another offer. The 36-year-old right-hander was released by the Angels last August after posting a 5.18 ERA over 41 relief appearances.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Apr 7, 2010 01:48:00 PM

Rockies released RHP Justin Speier.

Speier was inked to a minor league contract this spring and was hoping to land a spot in the Rockies' injury-plagued bullpen, but he was simply out-pitched. The 26-year-old will seek employment with another club.
Sat, Apr 3, 2010 07:17:00 PM

Rockies signed RHP Justin Speier to a minor league contract.

He'll get an invite to Spring Training. The Angels released Speier last August after he compiled a 5.18 ERA in 41 appearances. He's really been bit by the gopher ball over the past two seasons and his flyball tendencies don't bode well for a return to Coors Field. He's probably a longshot to crack the roster, anyway.
Thu, Jan 28, 2010 03:29:00 PM

The Rockies are taking a look at free agent reliever Justin Speier, reports Thomas Harding of

Speier was widely regarded as a reliable right-handed reliever in the mid-2000s, but he's fallen on hard times and was released by the Angels in early August last season. The 36-year-old had a 5.18 ERA in 2009 and a 5.03 ERA in '08. He'd have a tough time scoring a spot in the Rockies' bullpen.
Thu, Jan 21, 2010 09:11:00 PM

Angels released RHP Justin Speier.

Speier, 35, gave up three home runs in one inning last week and has a 5.18 ERA on the season. He also struggled last year, finishing 2-8 with a 5.03 ERA. Enough is enough, it appears.
Tue, Aug 11, 2009 10:37:00 PM

Justin Speier was ejected from Sunday's game in the first inning following a benches-clearing incident.

It appeared that only Torii Hunter was tossed, but Speier, who had come in from the bullpen, and hitting coach Mickey Hatcher were also thrown out. Manager Mike Scioscia, obviously upset that he wasn't thrown out originally, got himself ejected in the second inning.
Sun, Apr 12, 2009 04:34:00 PM

Justin Speier was left off the Angels' postseason roster in favor of rookie Kevin Jepsen.

Speier was one of the league's top setup men from 2004-2006, posting ERAs of 2.57, 2.98 and 2.88, but went 2-8 with a 5.03 ERA while serving up 15 homers in 68 innings this season. Speier is under contract for the next two seasons at a total of $10 million.
Mon, Sep 29, 2008 09:24:00 AM

Justin Speier took his third loss in four appearances and seventh overall after giving up a run to the Twins in the 12th inning on Thursday.

With his average against versus lefties jumping from .183 to .297, Speier's ERA has nearly doubled from last year. He's also given up as many homers this year (11) as the previous two combined. At this point, the Angels certainly wish they didn't owe him $10 million between 2009 and 2010.
Fri, Aug 22, 2008 01:24:00 AM

Justin Speier closed out a four-run lead for the Angels against the Indians on Wednesday.

Scot Shields pitched in the eighth inning and gave up a run, though that was mostly because Torii Hunter lost a fly in the sun. Still, he did allow two well-hit flyballs before striking out the final two hitters he faced. Since it was just one run, there was no save situation present for Speier in a 9-5 game. Speier put two men on base, but did get out of the inning without any damage. He could be the choice to close again tomorrow, but since it would be a third straight day for him, the Angels could hold him out and turn to Shields.
Wed, Apr 9, 2008 06:28:00 PM

Getting a chance to close with Francisco Rodriguez sidelined, Justin Speier gave up a go-ahead two-run homer to Travis Hafner in the ninth Tuesday to blow a save against the Indians.

Speier came in with the bases loaded in the eighth and struck out Casey Blake to end the inning. He then got the first two outs in the ninth. Needing one more strike to finish the game, he induced a grounder down the first-base line that was ruled just foul. Replays were inconclusive on whether the call was right. It would have been an easy out. The next pitch was ball four, and Hafner followed with his homer. Speier was the easy choice to close tonight since Scot Shields had pitched on back-to-back days. We think he's the better reliever of the two right now anyway, but since he did blow his chance tonight, it's possible Shields will get the next opportunity.
Wed, Apr 9, 2008 12:57:00 AM

Justin Speier (knee) played long toss and will throw a full bullpen session Sunday.

If all goes well, "I'll be ready to go by Monday," Speier said. The reliever has been out of action since Sept. 11. He's posted a respectable 3.12 ERA and 40/12 K/BB ratio.
Sun, Sep 16, 2007 10:40:00 AM

Justin Speier has a strained right MCL, but he plans to pitch through the soreness.

With a 3.12 ERA in 43 1/3 innings, Speier has overtaken Scot Shields to become the Angels' top setup man.
Fri, Sep 14, 2007 09:16:00 PM

Angels activated RHP Justin Speier from the 15-day disabled list.

Speier's velocity wasn't quite up to par, so he ended up spending close to three weeks pitching in the minors. He might not be effective enough to resume a seventh-inning role right away.
Fri, Jul 13, 2007 07:31:00 PM

Justin Speier (intestinal infection) is expected to come off the disabled list Friday.

Out since May 1, Speier has regained the dozen pounds he lost because of an intestinal infection and threw a bullpen session Thursday.
Fri, Jul 13, 2007 08:45:00 AM

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