Oakland A’s Slugger Brandon Moss Takes Paternity Leave

The First Paternity Leave of the 2013 Major League Baseball Season- The Oakland A’s Brandon Moss

Oakland Athletics' Brandon Moss is a new dad taking paternity leave- he can also hit a little (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Oakland Athletics’ Brandon Moss is a new dad taking paternity leave- he can also hit a little (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

It is only 72 hours, but it’s a step in the right direction. Baseball’s policy, unique among major sports, represents a formal endorsement of the concept of paternity leave.

Prior to this policy, players were often excused for a day or two by their teams- but it was totally at management’s discretion, and the team would have to play with the disadvantage of one fewer player on the roster until the new dad returned.

Now, teams can call up a player from their minor league system to replace the new dad on the roster for the 2-3 games he misses and the team cannot deny up to a 72-hour leave.

… and, of course, congratulations to Brandon Moss and his wife!

The details, from Hardball Talk:

Brandon Moss will be away from the A’s for 2-3 days on paternity leave, so the team called up Shane Peterson from Triple-A to take his spot on the roster.

Moss has been playing almost every day after platooning last season and is off to a nice start, hitting .283 with two homers and an .844 OPS in 13 games. Peterson is a 25-year-old career minor leaguer who was off to a huge start in his third crack at Triple-A, hitting .410 in 11 games.

Moss can remain on paternity leave for a maximum of 72 hours.

What do you think about MLB’s Paternity Leave Policy? Any paternity leave stories to share? Let’s discuss in the comments section.

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15 thoughts on “Oakland A’s Slugger Brandon Moss Takes Paternity Leave

  1. From what I’ve been aware of in the past whenever a player has a personal situation (births included among other things) it’s seemed to me that the teams usually give them time, within reason. To me the bigger accommodation is the compensatory roster spot provision, as that will lessen the impact on the team somewhat and makes an informal situation into a formal one.

    • Hi!
      You are right that players were normally given a game or two for situations like this. The extra roster spot helps the team not play short handed. But more importantly, I think this policy represents some formal recognition by the sport that baseball players are dads, too.

    • Agreed — the provision for the extra roster spot formalizes the process and is a great step forward. Nice to see examples of athletes/celebrities putting family first!

  2. Matt Albers from my Cleveland Indians beat Moss by a few days, but they’re both good Dudes in my book. Since the Paternity leave system was instituted, I’ve found it entertaining how many players use it in August, roughly 9 months after the previous season ended.

    BTW, this just reminded me of a post I wrote a few months ago about this very subject, just days before my 2nd son was born: http://www.thedudeofthehouse.com/2012/09/paternity-leave-for-rich-dudes.html

    • Jay- Thanks for visiting the site and for your comment. Be sure to have a look around.

      Ack! I missed Albers! I’ll have to add this to the article. About 6 months ago, I wrote about how Ben Roethlisberger and Charles Tillman both said they would miss a game if their child was born on a game day or just before. Both babies came mid-week however (and Ben was hurt, anyway). I’ll have to check your link out.

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