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Report: Major League Baseball umpire dismissed after drug violation

Former Major League umpire Brian Runge was dismissed because of a reported drug violation. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) Former Major League umpire Brian Runge was dismissed because of a reported drug violation. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

A Major League umpire was recently dismissed for a drug violation, reports the Associated Press.

MLB announced last month that Brian Runge was no longer on the staff and that a Triple-A umpire had been promoted, but gave no reason for his dismissal.

Umpires are subject to random drug tests just like players and this season at least three major league players have missed time this season because of drug suspensions imposed last year.

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 Only once since 2000 had such a change been made in midseason, and that was because of an injury.

The two people said Runge failed at least one drug test, then reached an agreement so he could remain on the umpire roster. When he failed to comply with those terms, he was released.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because MLB didn't publicly say why Runge was gone.

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