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
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)

(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.

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Jul 15, 2013 4:03 PM CDT
Jul 4, 2013 3:53 PM CDT
Drugs are a no no, unless you have a doctor who pushes them on you
Jul 4, 2013 11:53 AM CDT
Random drug tests are awful. If someone is doing things that are affecting their job, you should be able to fire them for doing a bad job. Why does any business need to know or care what their employees are doing in their spare time, as long as it isn't negatively affecting their work? It's a pathetic industry based on fear and ignorance and bilking billions annually from the pockets of companies too stupid to see through the stigma.