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Phillies' Proefrock special guest at annual Hot Stove Talk in York

Zion Lutheran Church will hold its sixth annual Hot Stove baseball talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 28 in the church's sanctuary, 2215 Brandywine Lane, York. This year?s special guest is Philadelphia Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock, who has been with the organization since 2008 and served as the Phillies' interim general manager during part of the 2015 season. Prior to joining the Phillies, Proefrock spent three years as director of baseball administration/assistant GM for the Baltimore Orioles. He's also worked for the Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Other speakers include Mel Antonen, baseball writer for SI.com, panelist for MASN Sports and a Sirius/XM talk show host, and Dan Connolly, long-time baseball writer and author of "100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die." The panelists will present their thoughts on the upcoming season and will answer questions from the audience. There is no admission fee, but a freewill offering will be taken to benefit the church's youth ministry program. Inscribed copies of Connolly's book will be available for sale after the event. For more information, contact the church at 717-767-4673.

Many of us have gone to this particular event in the past and it is one of the best uses of a cold winter night we have found. Please attend and come say hello!

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“I’m not comfortable with the payroll being too much higher than it is now.”

Hal Steinbrenner

Is that for reals?

He and whoever else Steinbrenners have really put the clamps down on NY payroll. If not payroll... at least the splashy deals. You don't hear ish from NYY, last three years.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thanks to all that attended hot stove talk today. Great insight from <a href="https://twitter.com/MelAntonen">@MelAntonen</a> & Scott Proefrock. Here's a recap: <a href="https://t.co/MUKrmgUzHo">https://t.co/MUKrmgUzHo</a></p>— Dan Connolly (@danconnolly2016) <a href="

">January 29, 2016</a></blockquote>

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“One day I was talking to Mel in the press box about how I did this thing and he said ‘let me know about it and I’ll come up.' We’ve been friends for a long, long time. So he came up one year and he had a blast. So the next year I was looking for another guest and he came up and said ‘hey, am I doing this again?’ And I said 'if it’s for a free dinner, sure.' So he did and we decided to add somebody else.”

Many of the guests have had strong ties with the Orioles. Some of those include Jim Duquette, a former vice president of baseball operations with the Orioles, and Fred Manfra, a play-by-play sportscaster of the Orioles. The inclusion of Proefrock, now an assistant general manager with the Philadelphia Phillies, also had an Orioles connection. Proefrock previously worked for the Orioles in the front office.

“It’s funny because every year that I would do this I would talk with Scott beforehand to try to get a sense of where the Phillies were,” Connolly said. “So I could answer some Phillies questions. But he’s always at spring training when we did this. So this year we were able to move it up, partially because of my job situation, which is now much more fluid, and I could do it now. And, guest-wise, that opens up a whole new group of guests. So he was one of my first choices. So I gave him a bunch of dates and asked if any would work for (him) and he said this one.”

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