Posted: 11:08 am Monday, February 17th, 2014

Braves’ Medlen to shave head for charity 

By Jeff Schultz

Kris Medlen, here squirting water on Chris Johnson, is one of team's free spirits. (Curtis Compton)

Kris Medlen, here squirting water on Chris Johnson, is often amusing. (Curtis Compton)

(Updated: 11:45 a.m.)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There is a chance that the Braves’ opening day starter will be bald.

I’m writing a column later today on the Braves’ starting rotation and addressing the question about whether an “ace” as the No. 1 starter is needed. Medlen, Julio Teheran and Mike Minor (in that order) are the most likely candidates to start opening day in Milwaukee on March 31.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the print column on the rotation.

If it’s Medlen, you’ll see a closely shaven scalp under his hat. The Braves’ pitcher has a full head of hair but he is going to have it shaven on Wednesday to help raise awareness and funding for cancer research. He will have his head shaved by a local child who is battling cancer.

The event is being staged by a partnership between the “Rally Foundation,” the Atlanta-based charity that former Braves’ catcher Brian McCann has long been affiliated, and  the “Vs. Cancer Foundation.” Medlen took over as local spokesman for the Rally Foundation after McCann signed with the New York Yankees as a free agent.

A shaved head or a strange haircut hardly will be a new experience for the often amusing Medlen.

“I shaved my head a bunch of times,” he said. “I was an idiot before. I always had decent hair so I would grow mohawks, to-the-skin mohawks. Yeah. I was stupid. Not a big deal.”

Here’s a link to how Medlen looked with a faux mohawk.

The last time he was bald?

“Actually my wife and I were just talking about this the other day. She told me that right after we started dating four or five years ago, I shaved it and she hated it.”

Medlen will have his head shaven Wednesday morning before the Braves’ workout, probably on the field in front of the team’s dugout.

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13 comments
devounknown1000
devounknown1000

BRAVES LINEUP


1. SIMMONS SS,  WOULD PERFER SHAFER LEADING OFF


2. JOHNSON 3B


3. HEYWARD RF


4. J UPTON LF


5. FREEMAN 1B


6. GATIS CATCHER


7. UGGLA OR PENA 2B


8. B UPTON OR SCHAFER CF

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

If Gonzalez bat Heyward at leadoff he need to be fired.


GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Gotta look better than that rag-a-muffin do he currently has.

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

Finally, after eschewing this post because of the headline, I click and am sorry I did. 

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Medlen is a classy guy, he deserves the next long term contract after they lock up Simmons.   Way to go Kris.

reckingball
reckingball

I don't see where an "ace" for the "number one" starter, is essential during the regular season.

reckingball
reckingball

Some of that hair might not grow back, if it is shaved real close.

ChessMaster
ChessMaster

I always appreciate a player or other celebrity who lends their face, name, and/or effort to charitable work. Medlen is in may ways the new 'Bulldog' on the Braves, assuming part of the role Hudson played for so long.

As for a number 1 starter, I see any of our top four filling that role. Medlen, Teheran, and Minor are more in our minds, but Beachy was great before his injury and could be our top starter this year. In any event, it will be a great competition. The other question for these four is who will have the best offensive stats?

adirondackdave
adirondackdave

Good for Medlen.    Glad to see his heart is in the right place.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@RafeHollister I like Medlen a lot, but I don't know if classy fits him or not. He's a joker, loves the game, and has fun playing. When he's on the mound, he's all business. If that makes him classy then he fits the compliment. I think he can win 20 this year.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@reckingball I agree. I'm sick of Atl. sportswriters clamoring over the idea of who is the "Ace", Braves need and "Ace" , Braves need a No. 1 starter., etc. They want to name and "Ace" so bad and they are floundering around looking for someone that they can call "The Braves Ace". How about just having a staff that can produce enough wins to get in the playoffs? So what if they named an "Ace and he went 5 and 17 for the year. Would he still be the Ace"? Someone has to pitch the first game and someone has to pitch the second game and so on throughout the season. Is the pitcher who opens the season their ace or just the pitcher who's turn to pitch came up at the right time to start the first game. That pitcher is going to pitch 5 innings, at most, in the first few games as will all of the starters. If he gets hammered is he still the ace?? Having to name an ace is sportswriters talk for "something to write about", it's BS.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@ChessMaster Yeah! I like "Bulldog" a lot better than "Ace". I loved "Mad Dog". He was the best modern day pitcher in baseball. "Bulldog" is a name you earn...."Ace is a name you're anointed with by writers who think that term is Godly. Bulldog type pitchers don't quit.....they keep coming after you.


Not much mention of David Hale. I think he will win a starters job quickly.