When former New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy discovered his wife was in labor with their first child in 2014, he did what lots of new fathers do: took advantage of his employer’s paternity-leave policy to be by her side.
His decision drew a bevy of criticism but despite that, Murphy — whose wife, Victoria, ended up needing a cesarean section to deliver their son Noah, who was breech — did have support where it counts: Both the Mets and Major League Baseball publicly supported his decision to be with his wife and newborn.
“MLB and the Players Association began the paternity list in 2011 so that players could be with their families for an extraordinary time in their lives,” the group said in a statement following the controversy.
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