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Sports Radio Host Francesca Blasts MLB Player for Taking Paternity Leave

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Mike Francesca
Joe Torre's 'Safe at Home Foundation' 7th Annual Gala, New York, America - 13 Nov 2009
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U.S. corporations are finally starting to relax their policies on parental leave as of late. In particular, paternity leave has been seeing a serious boom in the past year. However, some businesses are still antiquated when it comes to letting dad take time off to spend with his newborn...

There has been a lot of chatter lately concerning N.Y. Mets player Daniel Murphy, who took Major League Baseball's full allotted paternity leave per year—three days—to spend with his wife and newborn. Doesn't seem like much, does it? Well, to some pundits, including radio host Mike Francesca, three days was WAY too much.

"You're a major league baseball player. You can hire a nurse," Francesa said of Murphy on WFAN Radio, according to Parade. "What are you gonna do, sit there and look at your wife in the hospital bed for two days?"

If your jaw just dropped, you're not alone. Several supporters on Twitter came to Murphy's defense.

Additionally, Mets General Manger Sandy Alderson also defended paternity leave.

“The paternity leave policy was introduced not just for the players’ benefit but I think recognition by clubs in contemporary times that this is an appropriate time for parents to be together,” Alderson said.

Murphy also responded to the criticism, defending his decision, according to Parade: “It’s going to be tough for her to get up to New York for a month. I can only speak from my experience—a father seeing his wife—she was completely finished. I mean, she was done. She had surgery and she was wiped. Having me there helped a lot, and vice versa, to take some of the load off. … It felt, for us, like the right decision to make.”

What do you think—is Murphy right to take three days off from baseball to be with his wife and newborn? Let us know in the comments below.

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