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.

READ MORE: Storm Watch: Officials Hoping To Avoid Repeat Of Ida With Preparations For Nor'easter

“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.

READ MORE: NYPD: Man Shot Inside Union Square Subway Station

“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…

MORE NEWS: Exclusive: CBS2 Cameras On Hand At Unannounced Security Screenings At Troubled New York City High Schools

(TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)