Like baseball players, baseball umpires are subject to random drug tests. If not, in baseball terms, you’re out. In what is believed to be the first instance of its kind, an umpire was fired for failing one such test.
Major League Baseball umpire Brian Runge is a 14-year veteran of the league and a third-generation umpire. His grandfather umpired from 1954 to 1970, and father was a National League umpire from 1973 to 1977. He later became the league’s executive director of umpires.
The Associated Press reports that two sources claim Runge failed at least one drug test. He also reportedly failed to comply with an MLB agreement he made so he could keep his job.
Though Runge started with the MLB in 1999, he hasn’t worked a game since Aug. 30 because of a knee injury. During his career, he worked at the 2012 All-Star Game and called three no-hitters.