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Col. DeThomas to throw first pitch at Rays' opener

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Col. Scott V. DeThomas, commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Rays' Opening Day game against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on March 31.

DeThomas is responsible for more than $2.8 billion in base property and capital assets and controls an annual budget exceeding $249 million. MacDill represents a major economic influence within the Tampa Bay community, with a total economic impact of over $5 billion annually.

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He is a native of Rhode Island and received his commission through the Air Force Academy. He has commanded at the group and squadron level and is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours in various aircrafts. Prior to his current position, he served as commander, 387th Air Expeditionary Group, Southwest Asia.

Previous first pitches at Rays home openers:

1998: Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Monte Irvin and Al Lopez

1999: Larry Doby

2000: Wade Boggs

2001: St. Petersburg Mayor David Fischer

2002: U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks

2003: Jon Gruden and Rich McKay, Tampa Bay Bucs

2004: Winky Wright, World Junior Middleweight Champion

2005: Racing legend Michael Andretti

2006: Al Lopez Jr., Al Lopez III and Al Lopez IV

2007: Governor Charlie Crist

2008: Governor Charlie Crist and Buccaneers great Mike Alstott

2009: Governor Charlie Crist

2010: Adm. Eric Thor Olson, commander, U.S. Special Ops

2011: Governor Rick Scott

2012: Jim Dundee, son of late boxing legend Angelo Dundee

2013: Rays senior advisor Don Zimmer

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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