Paternity Leave? Really?

So a Mets player’s wife went into labor early and the player missed opening day and the next game (span of 3 days). The latest MLB collective bargaining agreement entitles baseball players to 3 days of paternity leave. No big deal, right?

Sports radio went crazy. For the record, when I used to drive more I listed to WFAN a lot and Mike Francesa is generally one of the top sports radio guys (yes, that’s a low bar). I enjoy listening to him a lot (not that I do much anymore). But the reaction from him didn’t really surprise me. Again, this is sports radio.

To the Mets credit (full disclosure, I’m a Yankees fan), the manager stood by the player.

First of all, if you’re accusing Dan Murphy of not wanting to play — this guy played 161 games last year. Wore himself out. Played with all sorts of discomfort. The man had his first child. He is allowed to be there. The rules state that he can be there, so he went. There is nothing against it. There’s nothing wrong with it.

And to his even greater credit, the player himself just took the high road.

And looking at the comments on the NY Daily News site, the fans are totally on the players side. The latest results of their poll for “Do you think Mike Francesa is over the line questioning Daniel Murphy’s paternity leave?” has Yes at 87%.


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