Jul 2 2013, 7:09pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
Major League Baseball umpire Brian Runge was dismissed after a reported drug violation.
Runge's dismissal is believed to be the first drug-related of its nature as far as major league umpires is concerned, per the Associated Press. On June 14, it was reported that Runge was dropped from the MLB umpire staff and replaced by Chris Conroy. He had been reported to be sidelined since last summer due to a knee injury.
The Associated Press cited two sources with knowlege of the situation who said Runge failed at least one druge test. He then reached an agreement to remain an MLB umpire. When he did not comply, he was subsequently dismissed.
The report also confirms umpires are also subject to random drug tests just like players. However, the exact kind of drug involved in Runge's case was not yet determined.
The 43-year-old Runge began his major league umpiring career in 1999. He is a member of the first three-generation family of big league umpires. Runge was the home plate umpire in Phil Humber's perfect game for the Chicago White Sox and for the Seattle Mariners' combined no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In addition, he worked third base for Matt Cain's perfect game in the 2012 MLB season.
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