Paternity Leave Takes Center Stage as Announcers Chastise Baseball Player

bball diamondThis story grabbed our attention like you wouldn’t believe.

Maybe that’s because maternity leave in America seems rather succinct compared to various countries. And no one really talks about the understated yet valuable leave as well for the father.

According to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, women are entitled to 12 weeks off from work. Technically they don’t have to be paid during that time and exceptions occur within some small companies. Per this infographic from Huffington Post, most countries offer at least three months of paid time off and offer benefits for fathers as well.

This is all the more reason why the New York broadcasters took it too far with New York Mets’ second baseman, Dan Murphy. Although the team’s opening day was on Monday, he went to Florida to be with his wife as she delivered their son. Oh, the travesty!

He was back in the line up today and ultimately ended up missing three days and two games. That’s it – three days! This is also in compliance with MLB and the players association. Essentially, he did everything right in our eyes.

Well, a few announcers said he should have focused on his first priority, baseball (we say this sarcastically).

On his WFAN radio show yesterday, Mike Francesa stated, “You’re a major league baseball player. You can hire a nurse. What are you gonna do, sit there and look at your wife in the hospital bed for two days?”

And that’s just merely one of the announcers who criticized him. Host Boomer Esiason explained on another WFAN show that his wife should have had her “C-section before the season starts.”

Per ESPN, Murphy dished, “I got a couple of text messages about it, so I’m not going to sit here and lie and say I didn’t hear about it.”

He added:

“But that’s the awesome part about being blessed, about being a parent, is you get that choice. My wife and I discussed it, and we felt the best thing for our family was for me to try to stay for an extra day — that being Wednesday — due to the fact that she can’t travel for two weeks.”

We need to add last year he only missed one game during the entire season.

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Publish date: April 3, 2014 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT