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Circuit City announced they are pulling the plug. More than 35,000 employees will be out of work. It’s the latest slap in the face to a fragile U.S. economy.

And what’s this have to do with the baseball Hot Stove? A lot.

There is a seismic shift taking place in the baseball industry. Budgets are constricting, teams are thinking twice about free agents, and the free agents: they are defiant, turning down offers and holding out. The player-agent strategy is: Be patient and a more lucrative offer will come … eventually.

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After firing his final warm-up pitch, Juan Padilla catches the return throw with a cocky snap of his glove. It’s a warm, humid night in Norfolk, so Padilla pinches his white jersey between his thumb and index finger and pulls it off his chest to fan himself. The 28-year old native of Levittown, Puerto Rico is fun to watch.

Between every pitch Padilla circles the mound like a shark, ceremoniously mocking his prey. He removes his orange-framed Oakley glasses, wipes the perspiration from his face, takes a deep breath, exhales and digs his reflective, high-top spikes into the pitching rubber and glares in at the opponent.

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Chuck Boyd stood in a long line. As he waited, he thought. The longer he waited the more devious his thoughts were. Little did he know it would be a defining moment in his life and career.

After graduating high school in 1957, Boyd having “no desire to go to college,” joined the United States Marine Corp during peacetime. In the wake of completing boot camp Boyd wanted no part of what was next: MP school. He was now looking this option straight in the eye.

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The College of Charleston basketball season is six months away, but you’d never know it. Not here, anyway. Not if you’re walking the halls of 284 King Street, the side street office of Cougars head coach Bobby Cremins.

In this modest office space along the historic downtown Charleston district, the 2007-2008 College of Charleston basketball season is underway. Preparations for the season ahead are being fleshed out in a steady stream of organizational and strategic meetings.

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Buster Posey

The official Major League Baseball rule states, “The catcher, without the ball in his possession, has no right to block the pathway of the runner attempting to score. The base line belongs to the runner and the catcher should be there only when he is fielding a ball or when he already has the ball in his hand.” – Comment on Rule 7.06 (b)

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey knows the rule; a homeplate collision is an inherent risk for both the runner and the catcher. Posey, and every professional catcher, accept the risk that they are one sacrifice fly away from being the next Ray Fosse.

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