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Mets' Daniel Murphy receives criticism for taking paternity leave

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New York Mets' Daniel Murphy, right, gets on first base after hitting a single in the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman) New York Mets' Daniel Murphy, right, gets on first base after hitting a single in the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A major league controversy is sparking some big league debate at the water cooler and beyond.

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy missed the first two games of the season due to the birth of his first child. Murphy went on paternity leave to be with his wife in Florida and rejoined the team to play in Thursday’s game against the Nationals.

Under MLB’s collective bargaining agreement, players are allowed one to three days of paternity leave.

But Murphy’s paternity leave has some New York sports talk show hosts riled up.

Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason ripped Murphy's decision on his radio show.

“I would have said C-section before the season starts,” Esiason said. “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 will able to afford any college I want to send my kid to because I’m a baseball player.”

WFAN radio host Mike Francesa also got in on the criticism. He said in the old days, players didn’t do it and Murphy could have hired a nurse to take care of the baby if his wife needed help.

Murphy defended his decision for leaving the team to be with his wife.

"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," Murphy told ESPNNewYork.com. "But 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.”


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