Baseball's Latest Drug Casualty Is ... an Ump

Brian Runge sacked after flunking drug test, sources say

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 3, 2013 1:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – You know your sport has a drug problem when even your officials flunk drug tests. Major League Baseball umpire Brian Runge has been canned and sources tell the AP that drugs are to blame. The 43-year-old failed at least one random drug test and was fired after failing to comply with an agreement that would have kept him on the roster, the sources say. It is the first known drug-related firing among MLB umps and before it, Runge made umpiring history in a much more positive way: When he joined the MLB umpiring staff in 1999, he was the first umpire whose father and grandfather had also been professional umpires in the major leagues.

Umpire Brian Runge stretches before a May, 2011  baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Arizona Diamondbacks in Houston
Umpire Brian Runge stretches before a May, 2011 baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Arizona Diamondbacks in Houston   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
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