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Jimmy Rollins is placed on paternity leave

May 22, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Jimmy Rollins AP

Jimmy Rollins is a daddy now. His wife gave birth to their first baby on Sunday. Congrats, Jimmy! And say goodbye to sleeping late, ever. On the bright side, when your daughter is eight years-old she will constantly tell you how lame you are and ask you what life was like in “the olden days.” Indeed, that look he has on his face in the pic to the right is the same look he’ll have on his face every single time his daughter says stuff that makes him feel older than hell.

Baseball, being more enlightened than, say, coal mines and law firms, has paternity leave. Rollins was granted it, which gives a player up to 72 hours away from the team.  Catcher Erik Kratz has been recalled from Lehigh Valley for the time being. Since it’ll be a short stay, I hope Kratz can pocket as many of those free candy bars they have laying around the big league clubhouses while he can.

  1. rpink24 - May 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Yeah, 2 or 3 games without weak grounders to second. I jest. Congratulations to Jimmy and his wife.

  2. chaseutley - May 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Jimmy,
    While you’re at the hospital, could you pick up Chase and RyHow and bring them back with you?
    Thanks.

  3. heyblueyoustink - May 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Congrats Jimmy, you’ll make a fine pop up……pappa I meant, pappa.

    • number42is1 - May 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      pop up is how he got into this mess in the first place

  4. nelsonsaint - May 22, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    The picture says it all. Spot on, Craig.

  5. Jonny 5 - May 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Jimmy needs to come back strong. The fans have seen too much of their 8 million dollar man trying to keep up with Galvis at just over 400 grand. Galvis just keeps getting better and I hope Jimmy can turn his season around.

    Good luck being a Daddy Jimmy, It’s not easy.

  6. seanb20124 - May 22, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Baseball has the best union second to teachers maybe

  7. zidanevalor - May 22, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    When can we expect that first article from someone calling Rollins “selfish” for not planning his child’s birth in the offseason? I’d say about two hours.

  8. runteddyrun - May 22, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Didn’t he suffer a groin strain 9 months ago? Coincidence?

    • zidanevalor - May 22, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/6885393/philadelphia-phillies-jimmy-rollins-put-disabled-list

      Yep. As a matter of fact, I think he was put on the DL on August 22nd. I laughed.

  9. Charles Gates - May 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Oh I get it. Jimmy’s not wearing a hat in that picture.

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