In one of the funniest pranks in Major League Baseball history, the Philadelphia Phillies traded pitcher Kyle Kendrick to Japan for Kobayashi Iwamura.Â Of course trades between MLB teams and Japan are not allowed, but Kyle wasn’t aware of that.Â His manager and agent were also in on the prank to make it seem legit.
Manager Charlie Manuel called the 23-year-old pitcher into his office and told him he had been traded to the Yomiuri Giants for a player named “Kobayashi Iwamura.” The ruse, expertly orchestrated by Brett Myers (who else?), worked so well that Kendrick was shocked into silence for most of the trick. Couldn’t even stop to realize that MLB and Japanese teams never swap players.
Brett Myers might be able to do ‘MLB Punk’d’ for MTV or MLB TV.
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