Cody Decker only played eight games for San Diego, and hasn't been with the organization for over a year, but the first baseman/ third baseman/ outfielder/ catcher/ blowout pitcher/ actor/ director/ producer/ comedian/ lord-knows-what-else is still one of the most beloved Padres of the past decade or so. His wit and perseverance endeared him to fans long before he got his first - and only so far, but hopefully not last - shot at the big leagues as a September call-up in 2015 after seven years working his way up the ladder.
After his 12 trips to the plate as a Friar, the man known as Antihero spent all of last season in AAA with the Royals, Rockies, and Red Sox affiliates. He hit 19 home runs in just 304 at-bats, bringing his minor league total up to 173. A little over a week ago he signed a minor league deal with the Brewers, who will be employing him primarily as a catcher. Milwaukee's coaching staff includes a couple familiar faces; along with former El Paso Chihuahuas teammate Jason Lane, Decker will be reunited with Pat Murphy, who managed him in Tucson, El Paso, and San Diego. It was under Murphy that Decker first added catching to his repertoire.
Unlike most athletes, Decker is actually worth following on Twitter, where he is genuinely entertaining. I'm not one to tell anyone what to do with their life, but if you don't already follow him, you won't regret starting today.