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NEW YORK (AP) — Rick Shapiro left his job as a top negotiator for the Major League Baseball Players Association on Friday after 9½ years.

He worked as a consultant on salary arbitration starting in the 1980s and joined the staff full time in 2010, a month after Michael Weiner succeeded Donald Fehr as union head.

Shapiro’s title was senior adviser to the executive director and he was a primary figure in preparing salary arbitration cases. He was heavily involved in collective bargaining with Major League Baseball in 2011 under Weiner and in 2016 under Tony Clark. Clark became executive director in 2013 following Weiner’s death.

Bruce Meyer, then with the NHL Players Association,

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