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been dropped from the major league umpiring staff and has been
replaced by Chris Conroy.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
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
Conroy, 38, has been a professional umpire since 2000 and has
been a big league fill-in since 2009.