TRADITION: Former US President Barack Obama delivers the first pitch of the Washington Nationals' home opening baseball game in 2010.
TRADITION: Former US President Barack Obama delivers the first pitch of the Washington Nationals' home opening baseball game in 2010. Alex Brandon

Trump a no-show at baseball season opener

BASEBALL: US President Donald Trump will not throw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Washington Nationals open their Major League Baseball campaign at home against Miami, the team said.

Politico, a political news website, had reported Mr Trump was in talks to make the appearance for the game against the Chicago Red Sox on Friday and might spend an inning in the booth with the television announcing crew.

However the Nationals announced otherwise: "President Trump will not be joining us on opening day due to a scheduling conflict."

A Gallup Poll released on Sunday showed Mr Trump's job approval rating fell to a new low of only 36% and he took only 4.1 per cent of Washington votes in last November's election.

For more than a century, US Presidents have made the opening toss to launch the campaign of "America's pastime" and both Barack Obama in 2010 and George W. Bush in 2008 hurled ceremonial opening pitches at Nationals Park.

The tradition began with William Howard Taft in 1910 when he threw out the first pitch for the Washington Senators. In all, 13 US Presidents have made the ceremonial throw from team's from the nation's capital over the years.

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