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Aspiring pranksters, meet your new role model: Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers

In Kenta Maeda, the Dodgers have a reliable starter who went 16-11 with a 3.48 ERA in 2016, his first season with the club since coming over from Japan. Ever since introducing himself by hitting a homer in his first start with the Dodgers, it was evident he'd be a quality addition to the team.  
More than merely a consistent right-handed starter, however, Maeda brings one of those elusive intangibles to the Dodgers clubhouse: he's a masterful prankster.
Recently, he's set his sights on his interpreter, Will Ireton, making him the target of some well-timed and perfectly executed setups, all documented on Instagram:

It's clear by this point that Kenta has picked up where former Dodgers clubhouse icons Hanley Ramirez and Juan Uribe left off: 

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