At first glance, Braves pitcher Kris Medlen may look like your average, everyday baseball player.
Weighing in at 190 pounds of Herculean body mass and sporting some serious arm ink that only a professional ballplayer could pull off, everything about Medlen's appearance seems rather nondescript.
In addition to his stereotypical appearance, Medlen possesses a fastball in the low-90s and a devastating change-up that can buckle the knees of some of the game's most feared hitters.
Needless to say, Medlen's Major League credentials are fully merited.
But there's something that the 24-year-old right-hander from Artesia, Calif., has been hiding during the infancy of his professional baseball career that may be the cause of all his success.
Medlen is a card-carrying member of the little known fraternity known as the 'Silvermarks'.
Who are the 'Silvermarks' you ask? Good question.
The 'Silvermarks' are a select group of people graced with a patch of silver hair commonly found on the right or left-hand side of the hairline, but there's so much more to being a 'Silvermark' than a mere follicle anomaly.
"I think it's pretty much the only reason why I'm here," Medlen said regarding his ascension to the Big Leagues. "I think it's why I'm always right about everything."
Despite the divine powers that accompany the presence of the platinum patch, Medlen has experienced his fair share of envious criticism as well.
"B-Mac (Brian McCann) and D-Ross (David Ross) are always making fun of me," Medlen said. "Mac always calls it my rabbit patch, but those guys are definitely the ones who make fun of it the most."
Jealousy is just one of the characteristics that is endured by every 'Silvermarks' member, but Medlen is well aware of the meaningful connection that all of his fellow silver-marked brethren uniquely share—or maybe not.
"I actually went to a dermatologist for it and they said that it was just a mole or something like that," Medlen said.
That's right, Kris.
It's just a mole—a mole of limitless power and undeniable virtue. Use it wisely.
Hooray for learning!
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