Mets second baseman criticized for taking paternity leave

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NEW YORK -- Mets second baseman is under scrutiny after he decided to take two days off for paternity leave after the the birth of his son.

According to WPIX, Sports talk radio unloaded on Daniel Murphy this week, after he missed two games.

In addition to missing Mets’ Opening Day, Murphy was out of the lineup for a second straight day which stirred up WFAN sports radio talk show hosts.

“One day I understand. And in the old days they didn’t do that. But one day, go see the baby be born and come back,” WFAN afternoon host Mike Francesa fired off Wednesday. “You’re a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help.”

WFAN’s morning show co-host Boomer Esiason took it a step further, saying if he were Murphy he would have suggested a c-section for his pregnant wife.

“I would’ve said [have] a C-section before the season starts. I need to be at Opening Day, I’m sorry,” Esiason said.

According to Major League Baseball rules, a player is allowed to take 3 days off as part their collective bargaining agreement to paternity leave.

Murphy took a total of two days off.

The second baseman responded to the scrutiny, simply saying it was “the best thing for our family."

Source: WPIX


  • Julie

    Kudos to Murphy for being there for the birth of his son. Baseball happens much more frequently than bringing a new life into this world. The idiots who criticized him (fans included) need to get their heads out of their behinds.

  • Queen Bee

    He did the right thing and furthermore, I am glad I am not married to anyone who would put their career over family. I feel sorry for both commentators families.

  • Kaffie

    Yes, he did the right thing. I remember both Brain McCann and Chipper Jones taking a few days off too! He did what was right.

  • FaithC

    So glad he put his family ahead of a game. What is wrong Me. Boomer Esiason, what a jerk. I wonder how his wife feels about his statements?

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