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Some Mets fans are not happy Daniel Murphy is taking paternity leave

Apr 1, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

The Mets are placing Daniel Murphy on paternity leave. He’ll miss a couple of days. This happens fairly frequently in major league baseball and paternity leave as a whole is pretty common in the typical workplace (though not common enough in the view of this father, but that’s another post).

In any event, some Mets fans have a problem with this. Or with paternity leave in general:

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  1. shadowcell - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    I can see why they’re so upset. I mean, gosh, without Daniel Murphy for a few games, the Mets might be bad this year! Can you imagine? The Mets being bad, that is? At baseball?

  2. m3dman3 - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Mets fans are so bad at life.

  3. paulier55 - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    I, for one, am thrilled at the opportunity to take child-rearing advice from a person whose Twitter avatar is a silhouette giving us both middle fingers.

    • mustbechris - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      “Paternity leave is for woman.” Ow, my IQ hurts

      • sabatimus - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        I can’t think of a more ringing endorsement for paternity leave than the disparaging comments of someone named Urban Redneck.

  4. Tim OShenko - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    If I’ve learned anything from the previous Mets-centric post on this site, it’s that only a statist would argue in favor of paternity leave.

  5. longtimefan1 - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Certain people have yet to acquaint themselves with the 21st century, and parental love. Sad on both fronts..

  6. brianb26 - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Because after all, losing Murph for a couple of games might meant the difference between 70 and 90 wins….

    • mustbechris - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Or, in the Mets’ case, 50 and 70 wins.

  7. musketmaniac - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    I went back to work 5 hours after my son was born. Had to close my business a week later for ten days when his mother got a horrible case of ppd. what I am getting at is it was my job to be there when needed. He needs to get back to baseball.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      What I’m getting from yoir post is that you think Daniel Murphy is the owner of the New York Metropolitans and their continued operation hinges on his ongoing presence.

    • cohnjusack - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Really? It’s my job to perform work for a salary with reasonable amounts of time off. And since Daniel Murphy’s employer clearly thinks him taking paternity leave falls into that reasonable time off, maybe we shouldn’t be the ones judging it.

      • nbjays - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:38 AM

        Cohn, don’t attempt to be the voice of reason around here… you’ll only get beat up over it. :-)

    • sabatimus - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      What does your workplace have to do with Murphy’s?

    • bassballskillz - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      Maybe, just maybe, if you were a supportive husband and father and stood around for a few days in the hospital until they were released to go home you would have just been closed for 3 days instead of 10 days.

  8. dparker713 - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Murphy’s job is seasonal, highly competitive, and highly compensated. It’s not exactly unreasonable to expect such a job to require personal sacrifices. However, he’s also a part of one of the most powerful unions in the country so he also gets benefits like paternity leave.

    • tedwmoore - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      Every company with 50 or more employees must provide parental leave.

      Would so many complain if Murphy took bereavement leave?

      • dparker713 - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        MLB didn’t add the paternity roster exemption until 2011. As far as I know there is still no provision for MiLB players. The MLB players receive better working conditions because of the power of their union.

      • jwbiii - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        The only difference for minor leaguers is their pay can be withheld. What the MLBPA did was make sure that players were paid for a short period of time. Otherwise this falls under the Family Medical Leave Act which allows up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per twelve months. Murphy has the same rights as you do unless you work for a small company.

      • tedwmoore - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        I thought the new rule was to allow for a roster sub, and to make the leave paid. Maybe MLB has an exemption, but companies employing 50 or more people are required to provide parental leave, and some states provide for more, some even require paid leave. It makes sense that players might not take advantage of the leave, or maybe MLB does have an exemption.

    • larrytsg - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      1) He belongs to a union, and this is a union negotiated benefit.

      2) Most of us modern Dads took some time off when our kids were born. Of course, we never worked a job where we had to work 162 days out of 180.

      3) It’s not like he’s taking a huge chunk of time…. it’s usually 2 or 3 days.

  9. richyballgame - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    As a Mets fan,I personally believe I speak for the majority of us by saying Murph should enjoy the time with his wife and newborn child. Even if it’s just a couple of days. The tweets made are pretty… Dumb.

  10. mikhelb - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    “PATERNITY leave is for woman” hahahahahahahHahhahHahahffgjfyfhfyfjfhhgjfjfnfj hahahahhahaha

  11. 6stn - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Can you imagine the amount of time off Shawn Kemp would have gotten for paternity leave?

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