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By Scott Barancik, Editor

When the Kansas City Royals invited newcomer Cody Decker to attend Spring Training, there was little doubt the 29-year-old prankster, social-media wizamateur film critic, and self-styled”Antihero” would make friends easily. But make the opening-day roster? Unlikely.

The competition remains fierce, and the odds steep. Despite emerging from the San Diego Padres’ farm system as its all-time minor-league home run king, the UCLA alum has scant Major League experience. His only test to date: a late-season call-up in 2015, during which he went 0-for-11 at the plate.

But the self-assured utility man — he’s dating pin-up-babe-come-comedian Jenn Sterger — has reportedly captured the interest of Royals manager Ned Yost both with his bat and his glove. Decker is hitting .275 this Spring, with 3 home runs (here’s video of #3), 7 RBIs, and a .362 on-base percentage.

Chances of charming his teammates? 100%. Just check out this video of Decker and several other Royals discussing their walk-up song options.

As for a roster slot, we’ll know soon enough. Kansas City makes its season debut this Sunday, April 3, against the Mets.

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