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Published: Monday, April 14 2014 8:25 p.m. MDT

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rj
Moss, Norway

I think baseball can have a paternity leave policy because the impact on win-loss records of missing time is so much smaller than other leagues in the course of an entire season. A baseball player that misses two games has been absent for just over 1% of his games. In the NBA or NHL, a two-game absence accounts for about 2.5%. In the NFL, the impact is obviously much greater because of so few games. So for practical reasons, MLB teams are no worse off for having the policy. The other leagues, especially the NFL, would do well to put family first, but I understand them leaving it up to individual teams.

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