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Donald Trump will not throw out Nationals Opening Day first pitch

Donald Trump will not throw out Nationals Opening Day first pitch

One of the most iconic moments in sports is when the President of the United States throws out a first pitch at a baseball game. In fact, every president dating back to William Taft in 1910 has thrown at least one Opening Day ceremonial first pitch during their time in office. 

At least for this year, Donald Trump will not join that long lists of presidents. 

According to Bryon Kerr, President Trump will not partake in the tradition due to scheduling conflicts.

Traditionally the ceremonial first pitch by presidents has been done on Opening Day, but also there have been presidents that have thrown the first pitch at the All-Star Game, and even during the World Series; none was perhaps more memorable that George W. Bush's first pitch in the 2001 World Series. 

Regularly presidents have thrown out the first pitch on Opening Day, but it is not uncommon for presidents to miss out on one of baseball's sacred days. George W. Bush only threw the Opening Day pitch in six of his eight years as president. He would also throw a Ceremonial first pitch in 2009, his first year out of office. Barack Obama would only throw one Opening Day first pitch and that was in 2010 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the now forgotten tradition. 

Before his presidency, President Trump has thrown one first pitch to start a baseball game. It was during the 2006 regular season at Fenway Park. 

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Nationals manager Dave Martinez remains in Washington for further testing

Nationals manager Dave Martinez remains in Washington for further testing

Davey Martinez remained in Washington for further medical testing instead of traveling to St. Louis, the Nationals announced Monday. Bench coach Chip Hale will manage instead.

Martinez left Sunday’s series finale against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning because he was not feeling well. He went to a local hospital for further examinations upon the recommendation from Nationals medical staff.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters in St. Louis on Monday that Martinez had chest pains during Sunday’s game. He underwent a minor heart procedure called a cardiac catheterization. Rizzo said Martinez is expected to rejoin the team once his blood work comes back and he is cleared to travel. 

“This is something we have to take care of,” Rizzo told reporters. “We are certainly, when we get all the results back, we will have a game plan in place and get him back here as soon as we can."

Hale, 54, joined the Nationals’ staff as bench coach when Martinez was hired. The Baltimore Orioles interviewed him this offseason for their open managerial position. Hale has replaced Martinez following each of Martinez’s ejections this season.

Hale managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2015-16, where his teams went a combined 148-176. He’s also been the third base coach for the New York Mets, the bench coach for the Oakland A’s, and even a Triple-A manager. Prior, Hale was a part-time major leaguer for seven seasons.

Tim Bogar will slide into the bench coach role. Assistant hitting coach Joe Dillon will coach first base. The Nationals do not plan to add coaches to the staff during Martinez’s absence.

Though he is not present, Martinez continues to influence the day. Hale said Martinez texted the lineup to him.

The Nationals open a three-game series Monday night in St. Louis. They have a 1 ½-game lead for home-field in the Wild-Card Game. They are just 2 ½ games in front of Milwaukee for a postseason berth. Just 14 games remain in the season. 

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