I don’t know if it’s official. I sort of doubt it, even if there are cameos from some Fox Sports South people in the video. But whatever it’s status, know that “Chop Arm Strong” is an atrocity on multiple levels. And that’s before you even get to the fact that it has a Jeff Foxworthy gangsta-walk in the middle of it for no apparent reason. And he’s wearing the ugly red alternate jersey. It’s terribad, actually. So horrifying that I can’t help but play it over and over:
Jason Isbell, the current Drive By Truckers, Ludacris and any number of artists that I don’t want to throttle are Braves fans. Why do we get someone who Fred Durst looks at and goes “man, you’re awful” to sing about the Braves?
Besides, there is already an official team video for the Braves this year and nothing on Earth can displace it:
First baseman/outfielder José Martínez agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Saturday, per a team announcement. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Martínez will receive $3.25 million in the deal plus incentives if he earns a more stable place within the starting lineup.
Martínez, 30, played 887 games in the minors before making his major-league debut with the Cardinals at the tail end of the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman has been nothing but productive in the three years since his debut, however, and turned in a career-best performance in 2018 after slashing .305/.364/.457 with 17 home runs, an .821 OPS, and 2.3 fWAR through 590 plate appearances. While he brings some positional flexibility to the table, he’ll be forced to compete against Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for a full-time gig in right field this year, as Paul Goldschmidt currently has a lock on first base.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the extension wasn’t solely precipitated by Martínez’s productivity in the majors, but by a competing offer from an unnamed Japanese team over the offseason. Goold adds that Martínez would have earned “significantly more than he would in the majors” had the club sold his rights. In the end, they ultimately elected to ink him to a more lucrative deal themselves. He’ll be eligible for arbitration in 2020.