My daughter pretty much nails the baseball card industry

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Topps 206.jpgI’ve still got tens of thousands of baseball cards in my basement from back in the day, but I haven’t bought a new one in nearly 20 years. Just sort of lost interest, even if I still love my old ones. My mom showed up at my house today, however, with a box of those new Topps 206 cards, figuring that I might like them.  And I do like them, if for no other reason than it makes me happy that my mom was thinking about me when she was at the store. Moms are cool.

So I’m opening up the packages and I’m looking at them this morning when my six year-old daughter comes into the room.  She picks one up — a Nick Markakis “relic” card with a scrap of one of his game-worn jerseys in it.

“Why is this one different than the others,” she says.

“Well, it has a little piece of his uniform in it,” I said.

“Why?” Anna says.

“Because some people like to collect stuff like that.”

“That’s pretty stupid,” says Anna, “People should just be happy with their own shirts.”

And thus I am reminded why I haven’t bought any baseball cards in nearly 20 years. 

Mitch Haniger leaves game with oblique injury

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Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger left Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers with a strained oblique, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Haniger suffered the injury running after hitting a single in the third inning. He was 2-for-2 when he exited the game.

Haniger will almost certainly be placed on the 10-day disabled list as a result of the injury. It’s a big loss for the Mariners, as he entered the night batting .321/.430/.590 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 93 plate appearances.

Danny Valencia, who pinch-ran for Haniger and stayed in the game to play right field, is likely to take Haniger’s spot in the lineup and in the outfield during his absence.

Jose Altuve, Teoscar Hernandez leave game after collision

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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez collided attempting to catch a shallow fly ball hit by Indians catcher Yan Gomes in the bottom of the eighth inning during Tuesday night’s game.

Hernandez, who was called up earlier on Tuesday, had just come into the game as a defensive replacement for Carlos Beltran. George Springer entered the game in right field in Hernandez’s place after Hernandez was carted off the field. Altuve was replaced at second base by Marwin Gonzalez.

The Astros should have updates on the conditions of both players after the game. Losing Altuve would be a big deal for the first-place Astros, as he entered the game batting .324/.393/.459 with seven stolen bases.