MLB umpires: Runge out, Conroy in

Brian Runge, sidelined by an injured knee since last summer, has
been dropped from the major league umpiring staff and has been
replaced by Chris Conroy.

The 43-year-old Runge, part of the first three-generation family
of big league umpires, had been a member of the major league staff
since 1999. He was the second base umpire for last summer’s
All-Star game in Kansas City. He also was behind the plate last
year for Phil Humber’s perfect game for the Chicago White Sox and
for Seattle’s combined no-hitter against the Los Angeles
Dodgers.

Bothered by a knee injury, Runge hasn’t worked a big league game
since Aug. 30. His father Paul and grandfather Ed also were big
league umpires.

Conroy, 38, has been a professional umpire since 2000 and has
been a big league fill-in since 2009.

MLB made the announcement Friday.

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