As the dog days of summer approach, the Fantasy Baseball Season is heating up. While many teams are cruising, others are struggling. The following players are among the best pickups that can be made at this point of the season especially if one is playing on http://www.fantasyalarm.com/mlb.
Luis Perdomo-P-San Diego Padres- While most of the top quality starters are not available, Perdomo has quietly been putting up solid numbers for the Padres. With a strikeout rate of 7.94 K/Inning and having not allowed a Home Run since early April, Perdomo is the cure to most pitching woes.
Ben Gamel-OF-Seattle Mariners- When one thinks of the Mariners Offense most of the attention goes to Nelson Cruz and Jean Segura, and rightfully so. Gamel however has put up solid numbers since being recalled from Triple AAA and is currently batting .373 with 11 RBI’s.
Rhys Hoskins-1B-Philadelphia Phillies- While he has not been called up the Majors yet, Hoskins is tearing up the International League and is somehow owned in 11% of all Fantasy Baseball Leagues. It is only a matter of time until he is a staple for the struggling Phillies, and it is best to get him while he is available.
Ryan Schmipf-2B-San Diego Padres- Unfortunately, Schimpf is only batting .170 and is striking out 31.7%. However, Schimpf has still managed to bang out 9 Home Runs and can add some pop to lineups that are in need of some power.
Eddie Butler-P-Chicago Cubs- Eddie Butler really struggled while with the Colorado Rockies, but most pitchers do. It’s worth a shot to see if he can redeem himself now that he is out of Coors Field.
Others- Jed Lowrie, Hansel Robles, Kennys Vargas, Jose Urena, and Jorge Soler
Avaaz is a nonprofit which was launched in New York City in 2007. While it is based in the United States it supports activism around the world. The main issues Avaaz is focused on include climate change, poverty, conflict, animal rights, and human rights. Mainly it is involved in online activities but it does support in-person protests as well.
This organization, found at Avaaz.org, was co-founded by two other nonprofits, Res Publica and Moveon.org, as well as the Service Employees International Union. Avaaz, which means “voice” in a number of different languages, is led by its President and Executive Director Ricken Patel. He is of Canadian-British descent and attended Harvard University where he earned his Masters in Public Policy. Before joining Avaaz as a founder, Ricken Patal was with International Crisis Group which seeks to end internal conflicts around the world including in countries like Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Liberia.
Avaaz is made up of what Patel calls “practical idealists”. The organization doesn’t have any particular ideology outside of making the world a better place for the people and animals that inhabit it. However, it tends to be progressive policies that they most often support as those are the ones that are generally for human rights, animal rights, and agree that climate change is largely the result of human activities.
One of the campaigns that Avaaz is currently supporting is the cleanup of the world’s oceans. There are huge swathes of the ocean which are covered in plastics that have entered the ocean. The mass of this plastic is killing wildlife and killing virtually all life underneath the masses as they cut off sunlight. Another new campaign is to one to shut down the gay torture centers that exist in countries like Russia and other repressive regimes.