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Mets' Daniel Murphy To Speak At White House About Paternity-Leave Decision

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Daniel Murphy, whose decision to take paternity leave and miss the first two games of the MLB season led to debate and criticism, has been invited to speak at the White House.

The Mets' smooth-hitting second baseman will speak in Washington D.C. on Monday, an off-day for the club. The 29-year-old will discuss what he went through and what went into his decision to be there for his wife and child, among other things.

The event on Monday is devoted to working fathers, which leads up to the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23.

Murphy will be joined by his wife, Tori, and his two-month-old son, Noah.

"It's an honor and it's humbling," Murphy said, according to the New York Daily News. "Tori was very excited about this and so there was not much of a choice. We were going to do this. It's exciting."

Also speaking on Monday, according to the newspaper, are Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Jason Furman and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

"It was a time that we leaned on each other and leaned on Jesus," Murphy said. "Through the fire He molds you. So we came out of it stronger. And we came out of it as a family. We came out of it with a beautiful son."

The left-handed hitter is batting .292 with three homers, 21 RBIs and 14 doubles for the Mets this season.

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