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MLB player faces stigma towards paternity leave for new dads

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Second baseman Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets follows through on a swing for a sixth inning RBI single during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 3, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has recently been criticized for taking the first two games of the season off. Two sports talk radio personalities, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, took issue with the MLB player using paternity leave to be with his wife for the birth of their first son.

"I would have said c-section before the season starts I need to be at opening day, I'm sorry," said Esiason. He would later apologize for that comment.

Under the current MLB collective bargaining agreement, players are entitled to up to three games off for paternity leave. But even though major league baseball and other workplaces allow time off for new dads, there still seems to be a stigma surrounding the idea of men leaving work to parent their new child.

For more on this, we're joined now by Dr. Brad Harrington, executive director of the Boston College Center for Work & Family. 

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