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The List: Biggest phenom flops

Page 2 runs down the hyped phenoms who failed to deliver. List

Updated: March 24, 2009, 5:04 PM ET
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While phenoms like LeBron James and Sidney Crosby have lived up to the hype, others have met the cruel reality of professional sports: It's not always a sure thing. Some of the top phenoms who failed to reach star status:

1. Todd Van Poppel The Atlanta Braves wanted to draft him No. 1 overall in 1990, but were wary of the bonus demands of a pitcher many scouts called the best high school prospect they'd ever seen. (Atlanta instead drafted Chipper Jones.) As for Van Poppel, he was drafted ...

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