Manfred to throw first pitch at Blue Jays' home opener

Manfred to throw first pitch at Blue Jays' home opener

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays announced on Tuesday that Commissioner Rob Manfred will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the club's home opener against the Rays on April 13.

It will mark the first time in franchise history that a Major League Baseball Commissioner will open the Blue Jays' home schedule with a ceremonial first pitch. Other details pertaining to the Opening Night festivities will be announced at a later date.

Manfred was elected as the 10th Commissioner on Aug. 14, 2014. He later officially took office and succeeded Bud Selig on Jan. 25. Manfred spent 15 years as the executive vice president of labor relations for MLB prior to being named the COO on Sept. 28, 2013.

The Blue Jays will host the Rays in the home opener, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:07 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.