Donald Trump turns down baseball tradition

US President Donald Trump won't throw out the first pitch for the Washington Nationals. Photo / AP
US President Donald Trump won't throw out the first pitch for the Washington Nationals. Photo / AP

The Washington Nationals say US President Donald Trump has declined an invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before their game on opening day.

A spokeswoman for the baseball team said today that the White House said Trump would not be at next week's game at Nationals Park against the Miami Marlins because of a scheduling conflict.

Washington hosts Miami next Tuesday (NZT).

President Barack Obama threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Nationals' opener in 2010, marking the 100th anniversary of a presidential pitch to start the season. William Howard Taft first did it on April 14, 1910.

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