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.