Found February 19, 2014 on
PLAYERS: Kris Medlen
TEAMS: Atlanta Braves
Kris Medlen shaved his head today for charity. The Braves pitcher did the job for the ‘Medlen for Rally Foundation’ which goes to fight cancer. Here are some photos of the event reported by David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. #Braves Medlen about to get his head shaved for a good cause, to fight cancer — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) February 19, 2014 #Braves Medlen about to get his head shaved for a good cause, to fight cancer — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) February 19, 2014   #Braves Medlen joked that he felt “like Smoltzy” — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) February 19, 2014   He now has less hair than his son. #Braves Medlen with son Max — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) February 19, 2014

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