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    League of Shame
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - NEVER call Jerry Seinfeld a phony.

    Kramer's friend Mike Moffit learned that the hard way.

    "Like you didn't call me a PHONY?"

    "Jerry! First of all, I think you completely misunderstood what I said. I meant it in a complimentary way. I mean, you know when people say he's bad, it really means he's good?"

    "Use it in a sentence."

    Mike pauses.

    "Man, that Michael Jordan is so phony!"

    I think Mike might be on to something here.

    What if there was a fantasy baseball league where bad really meant good?

    This isn't an entirely new concept. A few years ago, our friends David Jacoby and Bill Simmons over at Grantland started a bad quarterback league.

    Can you imagine a league where Aaron Rodgers is worthless and Curtis Painter is a first round pick?

    These leagues actually exist. And you're about to witness one firsthand.

    Welcome to the underbelly of fantasy baseball, where giving up a home run is better than actually hitting one. I give you The League of Shame. Let's see what pitchers are leading the league in awful.

    Before we get started, here's an overview of the league's scoring system.

    Home runs: 3 points

    Walks: 1 point

    Earned runs: 1 point

    Hit by pitches: 2 points

    Wild pitches: 2 points

    Errors: 3 points

    Losses: 5 points

    Wins: -3 points

    Strikeouts: -1 point

    Quality starts: -5 points

    Complete games: -10 points

    Shutouts: -15 points

    Now let's check out the leader board.

    Jarrod Parker, Oakland A's, 125 points: Parker is like the Steve Jobs of being bad. The man's an innovator. Check out this horrible stat line:

    April 14 vs. Detroit: 3 1/3 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K's, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP.

    What a train wreck. After disappointing everyone in the shame community by allowing just one run in 6 1/3 IP at Tampa Bay, Parker bounced back with this doozy against Baltimore: 5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K's, 1 HR, 1 WP.

    Now that's more like it. Nobody makes losing look easier than Parker (1-5, 7.34 ERA, .345 BAA).

    Joe Blanton, Los Angeles Angels, 124 points: Well, maybe I spoke too soon. Blanton has been flat-out terrible this season (remember, in this league that's a good thing).

    Once considered mildly acceptable in legitimate fantasy leagues, Blanton has been a fixture in The League of Shame for several years now. He's lost six out of seven starts with an ERA over five. He's also among the league leaders in home runs (eight in 41 1/3 innings) and hits allowed (63).

    If there was an Un-Cy Young award for 2013, Blanton would definitely get my vote.

    Philip Humber, Houston Astros, 117 points: Call it the curse of the perfect game.

    Humber pitched the game of his life against the Mariners last April. Since that start, he's gone 4-12 with a 7.70 ERA over 122 2/3 innings. Only two of Humber's appearances this season have been quality starts and he's tied with Parker for the league lead in wild pitches (five).

    His masterpiece (by League of Shame standards) was a 30-pitch bloodbath against Cleveland back on April 20 (8 H, 8 ER, in just 1/3 of an inning).

    Who knew the AL West could produce so many Hall of Shamers? In case you're wondering, Humber was recently moved to the bullpen.

    Wade LeBlanc, Miami Marlins, 103 points: You had to figure at least one Marlin was going to be on the list. Alex Sanabia (2-5, 4.85 ERA), Jon Rauch (6.75 in 11 relief appearances) and Ricky Nolasco (2-4) were all knocking on the door, but ultimately it's LeBlanc who gets the nod.

    Pitching in front of about eight people at Marlins Park, LeBlanc has produced a humiliating 0-5 record with 47 hits allowed in 35 1/3 IP. Only one of his seven outings could be considered a quality start. Even lefties aren't afraid of him (.289 AVG against). Who says having no talent isn't a talent?

    Edwin Jackson, Chicago Cubs, 87 points: Jackson's inclusion on this list may seem a bit suspect at first.

    Jackson's resume is actually pretty impressive. He's been to an All-Star game, thrown a no-hitter and less than a year ago, he was a solid contributor on a division winner (10-11, 4.03 ERA in 31 starts for the Nationals in 2012).

    Then Wrigley Field happened. Jackson (0-5, 5.93 ERA) is absolutely getting hammered at home this season (0-3, 9.00 ERA, .352 AVG against at home). Maybe he's allergic to ivy.

    But wait, there's more. Only 12 pitchers in the National League have given out more free passes than Jackson in 2013 (18 in 38 IP). He's also committed two fielding errors and he's winless in his last eight starts. Maybe there's a reason why Jackson is on his eighth team in nine seasons.

    Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies, 76 points: You're looking at the crown jewel of awfulness.

    Being terrible doesn't come as naturally to Halladay as it does for others (he's won two Cy Young awards and carries a 3.37 lifetime ERA), but that hasn't stopped him from dominating the Shame League. Halladay's nightmarish performance against Miami on May 5th was particularly impressive (2 1/3 IP, 4 H, 9 ER, 4 BB, 1 HR).

    Sadly, Halladay's full mediocrity may never be reached. Doctors have determined that Halladay needs shoulder surgery and there's a good chance he's done for the season. What a shame for The League of Shame.

    Curious about where Mets ace Matt Harvey ranks in The League of Shame? Through seven starts, he's at negative 51 points.

    Just pitiful.




    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Jesse Pantuosco at jpantuosco@sportsnetwork.com.

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      Great 38: Win tickets to Daytona 500

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      Here's your chance to win tickets to the 2015 Daytona 500. Entering is easy, simply fill out the entry form included. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

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      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

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      How this guide dog helps one blind triathlete chase her Paralympic dream

      Updated:

      Every time Paralympic hopeful Amy Dixon makes it to the end of another grueling triathlon, she knows her trusty companion will be waiting for her at the finish line. Sixteen years after she lost vision in her right eye, which she says she viewed as "a death sentence" at the time,  More>>

      Legoland Florida hotel to open in spring; built for kids

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      Updated:

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      3 rhinos escape from safari zoo, return safely Video included

      Updated:

      Three rhinoceroses escaped from their site at a safari zoo in Israel this week, NBC reported.  More>>

      VIRAL VIDEO: Bossy 4-year-old girl feeds 6 pit bull dogs

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      Updated:

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      More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | January 17-18 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
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      'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each

      Updated:

      Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture. More>>

      109th Tarpon Springs Epiphany: Schedule of Events, Road Closures

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      Updated:

      The 109th Epiphany celebration begins Monday, January 5 with the Arrival of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the blessing of the fleet and continues on Tuesday, January 6 with Epiphany Services, Procession, Cross Dive and Glendi Celebration.  More>>

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