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Thursday July 5th, 2012

Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper wants to be an EMT when his playing days are over. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper certainly has the skills to become a major league All-Star for many years to come. And he is smart enough to be thinking about the future as well just in case his baseball career doesn't pan out.

When asked on the Nationals official blog what he would be doing if he wasn't playing baseball, Harper gave a surprising answer.

"I’d probably be a firefighter. Ever since I was growing up, I wanted to be a firefighter or a baseball player," Harper said. "Going into the offseason, I’m going to get my EMT and do the firefighting thing so I have something to fall back on."

Also Harper said he would rather play center field because "you're in charge" and "running the outfield." Harper, 19, is batting .280 with eight homers and 23 RBI in 59 games this season.

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