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Manuel gets apology for ump incident

Manuel gets apology for ump incident

NEW YORK -- The apology Jerry Manuel had hoped to receive was delivered during the exchange of lineup cards prior to the Mets' game against the Mariners on Wednesday night. Brian Runge, the umpire who ejected the Mets' manager and Carlos Beltran on Tuesday, apologized for the incident, according to Manuel. And that's all he wanted.

"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.

Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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