How else would you explain Marty Miller and Bruce Levine? (Oh c'mon! We kid because we care.)
From their Spring Training camp in Clearwater, the Phillies are in a joking mood. CSN-Philadelphia was in on - and then aired - an elaborate practical joke played on pitcher Kyle Kendrick.
Elaborate may be an understatement.
Bugs & Cranks explains:
"Evil genius Brett Myers concocted a plan where assistant GM Ruben Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel would inform 2nd year pitcher Kyle Kendrick that he was traded to a Japenese team in exchange for another pitcher. Practically the entire clubhouse was in on it, from the newspaper reporters to Kyle’s agent. Kendrick was even slapped with a fake itinerary to Japan, fake press release and fake trade papers to his new squad."
Trade paper and itinerary courtesy Phila. Inquirer / The Zo Zone
Here is how CSN-Philadelphia told the story:
(Thanks again to Bugs & Cranks)