Mets’ Jason Bay Appreciative Of ‘Classy’ Paternity Leave

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Jason Bay went 1-for-3 in his return to the Mets’ starting lineup Thursday after a short absence to attend the birth of his son.

Terry Collins, an admitted old-school manager, has mixed feelings about MLB’s new paternity leave list.

“Twenty-five years ago nobody left,” said Collins. “You played because the season was six months long or five months long. But the rules changed and that’s part of the basic agreement now, but they got this rule which helps you so you don’t lose a player and you can keep a core roster. We adjust to it. I’m sure the wives are happier.”

Bay was away for two games while his wife, Kristen, delivered the couple’s third child. Garrett David Bay was born Tuesday night.

“I think it’s classy to afford the team the luxury,” Bay said, “and make it so the player doesn’t have to worry about leaving someone shorthanded.”

Outfielder Lucas Duda was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. He went 0-for-3 during Bay’s absence.

What do you think about the paternity leave list? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Mo C.

    Seriously, anyone who has a problem with a guy missing what amounts to a little over 1% of an MLB season to be there for the birth of his child is a total moron. Salary has nothing to do with this. This is simply the right thing to do for a fellow human being. Besides, how well would you be able to concentrate on playing baseball knowing your wife WAS GIVING BIRTH.

    • Tommy

      Bay’s substitute went 0 for 3 and the Mets lost the games. Maybe Bay would have made the difference. If they miss a playoff spot by 1 game it would be a shame wouldn’t it Mo C?

      • P-Rom

        So if Collins gives Reyes two games off in one week and his replacement goes 0 for 3 then you would say THAT cost us the season? That’s ridiculous. Bay missed 2 GAMES not a week. And don’t worry they’ll miss the playoffs by 15-20 games because they suck. Congrats to Jason Bay

  • stephi

    I think it is a good idea the MLB gives their players paternity leave. The domestic staff can’t be in the delivery room. I don’t care how many times their wives give birth, it is a beautiful thing to see you child come into this world. I’m sure Mrs. Bay was happy he wad there. Tommy I don’t know if you have children, but if you have and your wife said its time and you boss called which would you choose. Think about it.

  • Patricia

    Well said, Dominick!

  • ant928

    Tommy is easily a Mets fan…

  • Dominick Mezzapesa

    It’s funny how baseball fans want players to miss the birth of their child, but I would love to see even one of them try this in their lives. Of course they will cry “But they make millions of dollars” Which is a pathetic argument, since I assume in their lives money comes before their own child.

    It’s so easy to tell another person what to do, as long as you don’t have to adhere to the same rules….Morons

  • Tommy

    Millionaires play ball, rich wife can have the domestic staff to help with the baby. Maybe if we concentrated on baseball we could have a decent year.

    • Dominick Mezzapesa

      You actually wrote this? WOW!

      So the birth of your child is less important than 1 or 2 ball games. If your wife said “It’s time” I am sure you would not respond “Sorry honey you have you’re mother there, I really need to work”

      • Tommy

        Yes, Dominick. Americans need to stop looking for excuses not to work. Why don’t you just take your 99 weeks of unemployment and re-elect President Obama so you can get another 99 weeks free. The last 5 of us in America who still work will support all of you. Then you can drop your precious kids off at school and sit in your POS car outside and wait all day to drive them home.

      • Semper Fi

        It happens to thousands of military personnel every day, why not baseball players?

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