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Was it Ryan Braun or Prince Fielder(notes)?

Doug Melvin or Bob Uecker?

Bernie Brewer or the Polish racing sausage?

Everyone in the Milwaukee Brewers organization remains a suspect after a mysterious prankster tried to distribute a fake press release touting a fake book "authored" by Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry in the Miller Park press box over the weekend.

The book in the press release was entitled "How to Finish Near Last Place with the Highest Payroll in the League" and was briefly available to media members near other statistic and quote packets.

Brewers officials confiscated the releases when they were brought to the team's attention, but say they have no clue who might be responsible for the practical joke (which, let's be honest, is absolutely hilarious as long as you're not named Jim Hendry).

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has a picture of the press release and shares a few of the proposed chapter titles contained within:

• "Why I signed Milton Bradley(notes)!"

• "Why I released Casey McGehee(notes) only to see him hit 20 home runs and drive in nearly 100 runs for a division rival!"

• "Why I hired former Pittsburgh general manager Dave Littlefield, the man who helped make the Pirates what they are today, as my special assistant!"

• "How I botched the recall of Micah Hoffpauir(notes) from our minor league team in Iow by losing track of the number of days that he was in the minors!"

• "Why I signed players to long-term contracts with limited trade options!"

The Brewers aren't ruling out the possibility of a fan slipping into the press box  to complete his or her mission. We can't dismiss that it might have come from a fed-up Cubs fan, either.

In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if some Cubs blogger steps up and takes responsibility even if they didn't write the thing. You know, kind of like when every terrorist organization raises its hands after a bombing.

So do you want to cop to this, Desipio? How 'bout you, Hire Jim Essian? Anyone want to fess up? Hit me up at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com with your story.  

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