What Is Paternity List In MLB?
Paternity list in MLB is used to provide major league athletes a break so that they can attend the birth of their child and support a mother. The leave lasts for three games max.
Once a player is placed on the list, he has to miss at least the team's next game. The athlete can miss up to three team games, but not more than that.
Here are some of the major names in baseball who have gone on paternity leave:
1. Mike Trout
Trout is a professional baseball center fielder who plays for the Los Angeles Angels. The three-time MVP has achieved many accolades and lived many beautiful moments throughout his career.
Being a dad was one such beautiful moment in his career off the field. The Angels star is married to his longtime girlfriend, Jessica Cox, and they had their first child on July 30, 2020.
Mike was placed on the paternity list the same day. His leave ended on August 1, but he did not return to the team until August 4 for the series opener against the Seattle Mariners.
The Angels placed the athlete on the restricted list for the few days he missed. Trout had to continue his Tier 1 testing schedule while he was away with his family as they had to follow the MLB COVID-19 protocol.
2. Mookie Betts
Betts plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers as a second baseman and a right fielder. He was traded to the team from California from the Red Sox before the start of the 2020 MLB season.
The player and his longtime girlfriend Brianna Hammonds began dating in high school and welcomed their first child in November 2018, a daughter. They welcomed their second child, a son named Kaj Lynn Betts, in April this year.
Mookie was placed on the paternity list on Tuesday, April 18. He was activated from the list on Thursday after completing his three-day leave.
The outfielder resumed his campaign in a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. He played as a shortstop in his first game back.
3. Aaron Hicks
Hicks is a professional baseball outfielder who plays for the Baltimore Orioles. The player got married to professional golfer Cheyenne Woods in February 2022.
They had a son as their first child in April 2022. Aaron used to play for the New York Yankees then and was placed on the paternity list by the franchise on April 26.
Miguel Andujar from Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was recalled to replace the outfielder during his absence. The New York Yankees activated the center fielder from the paternity list on April 29.
The player faced the Kansas City Royals on his first game back from the paternity list. He recorded a hit and scored a run for the team, helping them defeat the Royals 12-2 at Kauffman Stadium.
Other players who have taken such leave, along with the date of activation:
|Player||Date of activation|
|Brusdar Graterol||April 25, 2023|
|Max Muncy||April 25, 2023|
|Evan Phillips||April 20, 2023|
|Daniel Murphy||April 2, 2014|
|Ian Desmond||April 28, 2011|
|Kurt Suzuki||April 27, 2011|
|Colby Lewis||April 15, 2011|