Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Jacoba Urist writes on MSNBC:
Like most guys with a very pregnant wife, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dana Eveland had been keeping his cell phone close by for the past week. His wife, Ashley, was due to deliver their second son yesterday, and Eveland was prepared to take advantage of something many players have never had – paternity leave.
Ashley, however, went into labor early, giving birth to little Asher Perry last weekend, and giving the new dad time to fly back for his team’s Tuesday night home game against the Angels.
Because of baby Asher’s impeccable timing and the Orioles’ schedule, Eveland didn’t need to use the MLB’s allowance of father-child bonding. Introduced only last season, “the paternity leave list” allows a team to replace a player on its active roster for up to three days after having a child.
Read more here.