MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME: 13.5 Years
CAREER: Became a member of the Major League staff in 1999...has umpired the Division Series (2000, 10) and the 2005 All-Star Game at Comerica Park...worked the ALDS?between the Rangers and the Rays in 2010...was behind the plate for Roy Halladay's perfect game on May 29, 2010 at Florida...attended the Jim Evans Umpire Academy in 1991...previously worked in the Arizona League (1991), California League (1992), Texas League (1993-94), American Association (1995), Pacific Coast League (1996-98) and Arizona Fall League (1997-98)...umpired in Japan's Central League in 1997, becoming the first American umpire to work regular season games in Japan...his father, Lou, was an American League umpire from 1963-82 who also wore number 16 during his career...Lou was behind the plate for Jim Palmer's no-hitter on August 13, 1969...Mike and Lou now join two pairs of Runges - Ed and Paul, followed by Paul and Brian Runge - as the only father-son tandems to have both served as plate umpires for no-hitters.
PERSONAL: Born in October 1967 in New York state...resides in Colorado...married and has three children: Megan, Cross and Michael...graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in Communications (1990)...is a licensed commercial pilot...enjoys swimming and reading...was inducted to the Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, AZ) Sports Hall of Fame for swimming...co-founded an organization called "Blue For Kids" with fellow umpire Marvin Hudson in 2004; the organization is now part of Umps Care Charities (umpscare.com), which provides financial, in-kind and emotional support for youth and families in need...enjoys piloting.« Back to umpire roster
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