MLB just can’t seem to steer clear of drug controversies. They already have to deal with players that continuously trying to get an edge with PEDs. And now, they’ve had to deal with a drug issue with one of their umpires.
According to the AP, MLB attempted to quietly deal with umpire Brian Runge failing a drug test, but was forced to release Runge after he failed to comply with terms set forth by MLB.
MLB announced on June 14 that Brian Runge was no longer on the staff and that a Triple-A umpire had been promoted, but didn’t give a reason. 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. It could not be independently determined by the AP what drug was involved.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because MLB didn’t publicly say why Runge was gone.
It could not be independently determined by the AP what drug was involved.
If true, this is a fascinating contrast between how MLB responds to its players’ drug issues and its umpires’ drug issues. It seems that for umpires, it’s almost zero tolerance, but for players it’s chance after chance after chance.