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Mississippi Braves players read to local kids

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PEARL, MS (WLBT) -

Mississippi Braves players traded in balls and bats Saturday for books and spending time reading to local kids.

Braves pitcher Rob Whalen was among team members who made a stop, Saturday, at the Pearl Library.

Whalen talked to the kids and parents about his big league career before reading, signing autographs and even dancing with the excited fans.

The 22-year-old was drafted by the New York Mets out of high school in Haines City, Florida in 2012.

He was traded to the Braves last year.

Whalen said players look forward to meeting the fans who come out and support them at the games.   

"If you can give back to kids, whether where you are from or abroad, it's always a good thing and you know it's kinda good vibes and good karma for you," said Whalen. "And I feel like that the good Lord's always watching over when you do stuff like that and good things could happen." 

Sports, health and fitness are the focus of Pearl's summer reading program.

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