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Runge dropped as big league umpire; Conroy added

Published June 14, 2013 3:44 pm

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Runge, sidelined by an injured knee since last summer, has been dropped from the major league umpiring staff and has been replaced by Chris Conroy.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