Marty Noble, of www.mlb.com, reports that Brian Runge, the umpire who ejected the Mets' manager and Carlos Beltran on Tuesday, apologized to Jerry Manuel, during the exchange of lineup cards prior to the Mets' game against the Mariners on Wednesday night.
"I'm not hoping that he does get disciplined. I think, for me, just a personal apology would be enough," Manuel said hours before the game. "I don't hope to see anyone get suspended and all that kind of stuff."
Beltran said he hadn't received an apology.
Manuel said Runge spoke with his father, Paul, a former umpire who the Mets' manager considers a friend.
"[Brian] felt very bad," Manuel said. "I accept [his apology]."
The Mets had contacted the Commissioner's Office on Wednesday, essentially to touch base with the league about the ejections and Runge's behavior.
The club was certain the league office was aware of the incidents that occurred in the fourth inning Tuesday.
"It happened in New York. They're aware of everything that happens here," one Mets executive said. "We're not asking for anything."
Manuel thought Runge baited and later pushed Beltran.
(It’s great that Runge apologized, and it was accepted, by Manuel, with no hard feelings. During last night’s game, there was a close play at third base, where Runge was the umpire, involving whether or not Carlos Beltran was tagged before sliding into third base. Beltran was called safe on a close play. After the play, I thought, imagine if Beltran was called out, he started arguing, and Manuel ran out to third base, to support his player ? Maybe, Runge had the chance to talk to Beltran, while he was at third. Hopefully, he apologized to Beltran, and had his apology accepted.)