Readers Historiophiliac and Paper Lions passed along a neat article to me a little bit ago. It’s about something called The Baseball Reminiscence Program, which is aimed at helping adults with dementia better connect with their friends and loved ones by talking about baseball.
The program, launched by a University of Connecticut professor and researcher named Michael Ego, gets patients suffering from dementia to talk about baseball. It’s one of many other sorts of reminiscence therapies aimed at getting patients to talk about familiar subjects as a means of stimulating them and helping them to strengthen brain connections. It could be art, it could be music, it could be history. The key is that it’s a topic that delves into deeper, more firmly-rooted memories and areas of knowledge which are less vulnerable to the ravages of dementia. Baseball is a thing most of us are introduced to when we’re young. As such, it’s the sort of thing over which Ego’s patients can bond.
The group has made outings to Citi Field to watch the Mets and ESPN has visited their sessions and will do a story about it soon.
The Giants made several roster moves on Saturday, most notably acquiring Twins outfielder Michael Reed in exchange for outfielder John Andreoli and cash considerations. The swap allowed the Twins to clear some space on their 40-man roster for more pitching depth, while the Giants designated lefty reliever Steven Okert for assignment in order to make room for Reed.
Reed, 26, split the majority of his 2018 season at Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett, where he hit a combined .342/.453/.520 with 11 home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 13 chances), and a .972 OPS across 404 plate appearances. He made the most of his brief appearance with the Braves, going 2-for-7 with a pair of base hits and three strikeouts, but still has yet to see more than eight games in the majors in any season to date.
Andreoli, 28, debuted with the Mariners in 2018. While he made a decent showing in Triple-A Tacoma, slashing .287/.397/.401 with three homers and a .798 OPS, he struggled to stay above the Mendoza Line in back-to-back MLB stints with Seattle and Baltimore.
In an additional move on Saturday, the Giants also acquired outfielder Mike Yastrzemski in a trade with the Orioles. Both Reed and Yastrzemski will give the club some much-needed center field depth after they released veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin on Friday.