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Baseball's Top Five Baseball Pranks

Pranks and baseball have always gone hand in hand. Even in moviesabout baseball, pranks play a key role, whether it's Wille "Mays" Haysbeing taken from the player's dorm room (while still in bed) andplaced in the parking lot, or the water balloon scene in Little BigLeague. The reason that pranks show up so prevalently in movies aboutbaseball is because they are even more prevalent in the game itself.

J.J. Putz, a reliever for the D-Backs and Friend of the Fan Cave, is anotorious prankster. A Gif image is making the rounds on the Internetshowing Putz sticking an object to the top of teammate Joe Saunders’cap, without Saunders even realizing what was happening. Small pranks likethis can be funny, but in the history of the game, there have been afew that were so involved that one couldn't help but admire the peopleinvolved for carrying out such a dramatic practical joke.

Here is my list of the Top 5 baseball pranks of all time.

5. Rocco Baldelli was supposed to be the second coming of JoeDiMaggio. Coming out of a Rhode Island high school, the guy had itall: speed, power, defense, and apparently, a down-to-earth, nice guypersonality. It's likely that personality that got him in trouble.Taking advantage of how much attention the rookie was getting in 2003,his then-Devil Rays teammates replaced his jersey with one that simplysaid "ROCCO" on the back. He was completely unaware of the change andactually made it to his first at-bat before the home plate umpire,sporting tears of laughter, told him he had to return to the bench tofix his uniform.

4. Joe Carter was a legendary outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays.He was also a legendary prankster, and proved it conclusively back in1992. Along with several of his teammates, Carter announced to fans inattendance that the Jays were "giving away" a car in honor of FanAppreciation Day. The car just happened to belong to another teammateof his, rookie center fielder and future All-Star Derek Bell.

3. For some reason (Ryan Dempster would be my guess) the ChicagoCubs’ pitching staff is world renowned for their pranking skills.Fellow pitcher Will Ohman tried, rather unsuccessfully, to prankDempster back in 2005. His payback? Ohman's car was found on cinderblocks in the outfield, missing all of its wheels.

2. Staying with the Cubbies’ pitching staff – they pulled off one ofmy favorites back in Spring Training 2008. Tim Buss, the Cubs’strength and conditioning coach, was appalled to find his wife's carthe victim of apparent vandals, missing every window, having its roofand hood smashed in, and finding the baseballs and bats that providedthe muscle laying strategically inside the bruised and batteredautomobile. Only after meeting with the press did he find out why hispitching staff decided to pull such an awful prank: the team hadchipped in on a brand new SUV, which was sitting outside the complexwaiting for Buss to discover it. He was almost moved to tears when hegot behind the wheel.

1. There may never be a greater stunt than the one that was pulled onPhiladelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick in 2008. Everyone gotinvolved, from pitcher Brett Myers, to members of the press, tomanager Charlie Manuel, to even (then-Assistant) GM Ruben Amaro, Jr.The prank? Telling poor Kendrick that he had been traded just the daybefore to the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. The prank made it all the wayto the mock press conference, where even Kendirck's agent got in onthe deal. When he was asked if he would try to get Myers back for theprank, Kendrick answered, "I don't think I could ever top it." Idon't think so, either.

What’s your favorite MLB prank? Tweet me @rwags614.

Pranks and baseball have always gone hand in hand. Even in moviesabout baseball, pranks play a key role, whether it's Wille "Mays" Haysbeing taken from the player's dorm room (while still in bed) andplaced in the parking lot, or the water balloon scene in Little BigLeague. The reason that pranks show up so prevalently in movies aboutbaseball is because they are even more prevalent in the game itself.

J.J. Putz, a reliever for the D-Backs and Friend of the Fan Cave, is anotorious prankster. A Gif image is making the rounds on the Internetshowing Putz sticking an object to the top of teammate Joe Saunders’cap, without Saunders even realizing what was happening. Small pranks likethis can be funny, but in the history of the game, there have been afew that were so involved that one couldn't help but admire the peopleinvolved for carrying out such a dramatic practical joke.

Here is my list of the Top 5 baseball pranks of all time.

5. Rocco Baldelli was supposed to be the second coming of JoeDiMaggio. Coming out of a Rhode Island high school, the guy had itall: speed, power, defense, and apparently, a down-to-earth, nice guypersonality. It's likely that personality that got him in trouble.Taking advantage of how much attention the rookie was getting in 2003,his then-Devil Rays teammates replaced his jersey with one that simplysaid "ROCCO" on the back. He was completely unaware of the change andactually made it to his first at-bat before the home plate umpire,sporting tears of laughter, told him he had to return to the bench tofix his uniform.

4. Joe Carter was a legendary outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays.He was also a legendary prankster, and proved it conclusively back in1992. Along with several of his teammates, Carter announced to fans inattendance that the Jays were "giving away" a car in honor of FanAppreciation Day. The car just happened to belong to another teammateof his, rookie center fielder and future All-Star Derek Bell.

3. For some reason (Ryan Dempster would be my guess) the ChicagoCubs’ pitching staff is world renowned for their pranking skills.Fellow pitcher Will Ohman tried, rather unsuccessfully, to prankDempster back in 2005. His payback? Ohman's car was found on cinderblocks in the outfield, missing all of its wheels.

2. Staying with the Cubbies’ pitching staff – they pulled off one ofmy favorites back in Spring Training 2008. Tim Buss, the Cubs’strength and conditioning coach, was appalled to find his wife's carthe victim of apparent vandals, missing every window, having its roofand hood smashed in, and finding the baseballs and bats that providedthe muscle laying strategically inside the bruised and batteredautomobile. Only after meeting with the press did he find out why hispitching staff decided to pull such an awful prank: the team hadchipped in on a brand new SUV, which was sitting outside the complexwaiting for Buss to discover it. He was almost moved to tears when hegot behind the wheel.

1. There may never be a greater stunt than the one that was pulled onPhiladelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick in 2008. Everyone gotinvolved, from pitcher Brett Myers, to members of the press, tomanager Charlie Manuel, to even (then-Assistant) GM Ruben Amaro, Jr.The prank? Telling poor Kendrick that he had been traded just the daybefore to the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. The prank made it all the wayto the mock press conference, where even Kendirck's agent got in onthe deal. When he was asked if he would try to get Myers back for theprank, Kendrick answered, "I don't think I could ever top it." Idon't think so, either.

What’s your favorite MLB prank? Tweet me @rwags614.