NEW YORK — 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, was hired by the baseball union
last August as senior director of collective bargaining
and legal. Baseball's labor contract expires in December
2021 but the sides agreed in March to an early start to
negotiations. A preliminary session was held and the first
full bargaining meeting is upcoming.
Shapiro, who turns 64 on
Aug. 1, declined comment on his departure. Clark said in a
text he declined comment at this time.