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MLB: NY Mets Stand By 2B Daniel Murphy's Paternity Leave
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MLB: NY Mets Stand By 2B Daniel Murphy's Paternity Leave

Apr 3 2014, 11:42pm CDT | by

The New York Mets defended second baseman Daniel Murphy's decision to extend his paternity leave by one day after the birth of his first child, Noah.

The New York Mets have defended second baseman Daniel Murphy's paternity leave.  Murphy missed two games so he can be with his wife, who gave birth to their first child, a boy named Noah (after the...

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MLB: NY Mets Stand By 2B Daniel Murphy's Paternity Leave

Apr 3 2014, 11:42pm CDT | by

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The New York Mets defended second baseman Daniel Murphy's decision to extend his paternity leave by one day after the birth of his first child, Noah.

The New York Mets have defended second baseman Daniel Murphy's paternity leave. 

Murphy missed two games so he can be with his wife, who gave birth to their first child, a boy named Noah (after the biblical figure), per Anthony DiComo of the Mets' official website

Murphy received some criticism for his decision, but his manager, Terry Collins, sprang to his defense when he spoke with DiComo.

"If you're accusing Dan Murphy of not wanting to play, this guy played 161 games last year, wore himself out, played through all sorts of discomfort. The man had his first child. He's allowed to be there. The rules state that he can be there, so he went.

"When you start attacking Dan Murphy's credibility, you need to look in the mirror a bit. You're attacking a guy's integrity, and Dan Murphy is one of the best baseball players in that locker room.

"He is an old-school player. It's his first child. When it happens, we made arrangements that by all means...you go."  

On the other hand, Murphy told DiComo it was best for him to stay with his family an extra day because his wife can't go on the road for two weeks. 

"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. But being 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." 

According to Ronald Blum of The Associated Press (via Yahoo! Sports), Murphy found out his wife's water broke on March 30 and then promptly flew to Florida. Noah was born the day after at 12:02 p.m. EST. 

Murphy was not around for the games on Monday and Wednesday -- both losses to the Mets' National League East rivals, the Washington Nationals. 

WFAN broadcaster Mike Francesca chimed in on Murphy's paternity leave, per Blum. 

"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. You're a Major League Baseball player. You can hire a nurse to take care of the baby if your wife needs help."

Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason "was also critical" of Murphy, Blum stresses. 

"Quite frankly, I would have said C-section before the season starts. I need to be at opening day, I'm sorry. 

"This is what makes our money. This is how we're going to live our life. This is going to give my child every opportunity to be a success in life. I'll be able to afford any college I want to send my kid to because I'm a baseball player." 

On Thursday, Francesca said on air he never intended to attack Murphy, Blum adds. 

"Little did I know I was going to start a national dialogue. I never attacked Daniel Murphy. 

"I think two days is plenty, and get back to work." 

Murphy is not the only major leaguer to have gone on paternity leave recently. 

Blum reports Minnesota Twins left-handed pitcher Brian Duensing and Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Sean Rodriguez also went on paternity leave. Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins also excused himself from the team to be with his newborn child, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. 

Murphy, a native of Jacksonville, FL who celebrated his 29th birthday on April 1, registered 188 hits, 13 home runs and 78 RBIs on a .290 batting average, per ESPN stats

 
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