The 10 Biggest Flash-in-the-Pan Athletes in Sports History

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Mass experienced the New York media hysteria 22 years before Jeremy Lin did. A 22nd round draft pick in 1986, Maas was called up to the Yankees in late June of 1990 as a 25 year-old. The first baseman instantly exploded. Maas set a major league record for fewest at-bats to reach 10 home runs (72) and finished his season with 21 home runs in just 79 games. THE YANKEES HAD FOUND THEIR NEW BABE RUTH!

Nope. More like their new Steve Balboni.

In 1991 — in a full season — Maas hit just 23 home runs and batted .220. By 1995 his major league career was over, finishing with one home run and a .193 average as a member of the Minnesota Twins.

Where is he now?: Maas works as a financial consultant in California and regularly returns to Yankee Stadium for Old-Timers' games, where he is no doubt forced to sit on the bench.

9. Akili Smith

Akili Smith had one good season in his entire life. He started his college career at a prep school before going to Oregon. As a 22 year-old junior in 1997, he completed 54-percent of his passes and threw 13 touchdowns and 7 interceptions for a 7-5 Ducks team. Nothing impressive there.

In 1998 he put it all together in one glorious, 12-game run — leading Oregon to an 8-4 record behind 3,763 passing yards and 30 touchdowns. The ever-intelligent Cincinnati Bengals decided that was worthy of the No. 3 overall pick in the draft. Smith went on to have a 52.8 quarterback rating and 2,212 passing yards over four NFL seasons. Whoops, Bengals!

Where is he now?: Smith has recently worked as a coach in college and high school. In addition to his assistant coach duties, he presumably also served as Head Cautionary Tale.

8. Flip Murray

Ronald "Flip" Murray was a star at lightly-regarded Division II Shaw University who was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2002 NBA Draft. In his first two seasons in the NBA he played in 14 total games. With Seattle shooting guard Ray Allen out for the start of the 1993-1994 season due to injury, Murray was thrust into a starting role and lit up the scoreboard — putting up more than 20 points in 10 of his first 11 games. And then it just stopped. He never started more than 25 games in a season and averaged just 9.9 points per game for his career.

Where is he now?: Murray played with Efes Pilsen S.K. in Turkey in 2011, and likely led the league in scoring for the first month of the season before going in the crapper.

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Carey was called up to the Washington Capitals in 1995 and won his first seven starts in net. This was during the same time Jim Carrey was blowing up due to the Ace Ventura movies. Capitals fans — the few dozen that existed back then, were freaking out.

Unfortunately, Jim Carey's career quickly got Ray Finkley. He finished his rookie year 11-6-3 and had another good season in 1995. But the next year he struggled, was dealt to the Bruins in a blockbuster trade and promptly fell apart. His last NHL action was a 4-game stint with the St. Louis Blues in 1998-99.

Where is he now?: Carey is currently the CEO of a medical billing company. That is too boring to even attempt to make a joke about.

6 – Joe Charboneau

Joe Charboneau was the 1980 American League Rookie of the Year. YAY! Joe Charboneau was also the first Rookie of the Year in baseball history to get demoted to the minors in his second season. Boo.

One year later his career was completely over. Just add it to the long list of depressing Cleveland sports stories.

Where is he now?: According to Wikipedia, Charboneau serves as head of the baseball program at the Parks and Recreation Department for the city of North Ridgeville, Ohio. Feel free to insert your own Parks and Recreation joke.

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