Bill Ladson

Manfred to throw out first pitch at Nationals Park

Manfred to throw out first pitch at Nationals Park

JUPITER, Fla. -- Commissioner Rob Manfred will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 6, when the Nationals host the Mets.

"We are so honored that Commissioner Manfred has chosen to spend this historic Opening Day in Washington," Nationals principal owner Mark D. Lerner said in a statement. "His participation will be incredibly special as we kick off our 10-year anniversary season."

Manfred succeeded Bud Selig on Jan. 25, and this will be Manfred's first Opening Day as the Commissioner. Last August, before a Little League World Series game between Taney Little League, which featured star pitcher Mo'ne Davis, and Mountain Ridge Little League, Manfred threw out the first pitch.

More details about Opening Day festivities will be released in the coming weeks, as the Nationals prepare to celebrate their 10th season in Washington.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.