MLB dumps umpire after drug violationNEW YORK - A Major League Baseball umpire was recently dismissed for what was believed to be the first known drug ouster among umps, two people familiar with the situation have told the Associated Press.
MLB announced on June 14 that Brian Runge was no longer on the staff and that a Triple-A umpire had been promoted, but didn’t give a reason.
Only once since 2000 had such a change been made in midseason, and that was because of an injury.
Runge joined the MLB umpiring staff in 1999. He worked playoffs three times and last year’s All-Star game.
He is a member of MLB’s first three-generation family of umpires.