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05/29/2017 12:34 pm ET

Bryce Harper Tells Kids: 'No Participation Trophies'

"First place only," the Washington Nationals star says.
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper isn't a fan of participation trophies.
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Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper isn't a fan of participation trophies.

While some psychologists champion the merit of participation trophies in sports, baseball great Bryce Harper declared he is no fan of them.

The Washington Nationals star told a group of youth baseball players on Saturday that awards for merely playing the game are a no-win situation.

“As much as they might tell you, ‘Oh, it’s OK you guys lost,’ but no, Johnny, no. No participation trophies, OK? First place only,” he said in a Q&A with youngsters from the D.C. area. 

Here’s the exchange: 

Harper got laughter and applause, so apparently the message hit home somehow.

At age 24, Harper is already a four-time All-Star and winner of the National League MVP award and is set to earn more than $21 million next season.

He, for one, probably has no use for a participation trophy.

H/T Yahoo

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