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40 'Can't-Miss' Superstars Who Flamed out Before the Hall of Fame

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40 'Can't-Miss' Superstars Who Flamed out Before the Hall of Fame
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Every year, there are players that pop up who are deemed "can't-miss" prospects. Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper fit the bill big time, and players like Ken Griffey, Jr., Chipper Jones and Alex Rodriguez had sensational careers riding off of that.

For every Griffey, however, there's a Todd Van Poppel—someone who looked good in the minors, but couldn't get it done—and there are the Don Mattingly types who start off strong and almost put up Hall of Fame numbers but crash early due to injury or something else.

Here are 40 players who were stars at least at some point before flaming out, either well before the Hall of Fame or just before it.

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