May 18th, 2009

Bereavement vs. Family Medical Emergency Leave

An attentive reader, Kevin in Kansas City, emailed this morning with a very good observation about the bereavement list on which Magglio Ordonez was placed. When Delmon Young left the Twins a few days earlier to be with his ailing mother, he was placed on the family medical emergency leave list. So why was Magglio placed on the Bereavement List?

The answer, it turns out, is that they’re the same list. The terminology changed recently depending on the situation. It makes sense because, frankly, it sounds awkward to place a player on the bereavement list when he’s leaving the club to visit a loved one who’s facing a potentially life-threatening procedure. Zach Miner, for example, went on the bereavement list two years ago when he left to visit his dad in the hospital. On the flip side, a player going to the funeral of a loved one isn’t attending to a family medical emergency. In that case, it would be called the bereavement list.

So from here on out, we’ll try to call it the family medical emergency leave list in Magglio’s case.