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Baseball season has only just begun, but tensions are already high for one Mets player.

Second baseman Daniel Murphy is taking a ton of heat from the media for missing the first three games of the season.

Why is Murphy taking a little time off? For the birth of his first child.

His wife went into labor on opening day and he’s exercising his right to take the full three days of paternity leave.

One of Murphy’s most vocal critics is sports radio personality Mike Francesa.

“I don’t know why you need three days off, I’m going to be honest. You see the birth and you get back,” Francesa boldly stated.

“What do you do in the first couple days? Maybe you take care of the other kids. Well, you gotta have someone to do that if you’re a Major League Baseball player. I’m sorry, but you do … Your wife doesn’t need your help the first couple days, you know that.”

All this controversy really fired up Carson and Producer Angie. They both weighed in on the issue earlier this morning.

Paternity Leave Debate

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“The guys in New York that are criticizing this are older guys that are harkening back to a time when men would be in the waiting room,” Carson explained, while assuring this wasn’t his own opinion.

“They wouldn’t even be allowed in or they wouldn’t go in and certainly if they were professional ball player, with that comes this sort of unspoken code of work ethic and…you get a lot of time off, so when the season’s on, you don’t miss your bread and butter.”

“Of course you make sure your wife’s okay,” he continued. “You’re there for the birth, but the minute you can get back to sliding in the dirt and doing your job, you should. So [the critics] are kind of tapping into that.”

Angie couldn’t disagree more with Murphy’s detractors.

“I think about the first three days I had my son. If I was there without my husband, even if I had like other support staff with me, I was a hot mess!” she admitted. “I didn’t know how to take care of a kid. I need my husband there so we could screw up together or do things right together.”

What would Carson do in the same situation? He’s already got a plan for baby #3:

“Listen, I’m scheduled to have a child [on] a day that we’re scheduled to be shooting [The Voice], I understand that,” he said. “I will not miss the birth of my child, personally. But that’s me. Everybody’s different. I respect all these personal takes on this thing.”

  • Who do you agree with? Sound off in the comments section below!

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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