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Schmuck: Joe Mauer's retirement brings an emotional end to Ron Shapiro's career as a sports agent

Schmuck: Joe Mauer's retirement brings an emotional end to Ron Shapiro's career as a sports agent

When six-time All-Star and Twin Cities native Joe Mauer announced his retirement Monday, it wasn’t front-page news around here, but it was the end of an era for the Minnesota Twins and the end of an incredible journey for Baltimore-based sports agent Ron Shapiro.

Shapiro still wears a lot of hats. He’s an author, a lawyer, a teacher and a world-renowned expert in the field of dispute resolution who helped negotiate an end to the lengthy Baltimore Symphony labor dispute in 1982 and played a role in bringing labor peace to Major League Baseball. What he isn’t anymore is a guy who represents professional athletes.

Mauer was the last active player he represented over a career...

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