Agent Ron Shapiro vividly remembers that early-morning phone call from then Orioles general manager Hank Peters in the midst of the 1983 season. The names of a number of Orioles players had surfaced in an FBI investigation of a Baltimore drug ring, and Shapiro, who lived in Baltimore, was the agent for the bulk of the Orioles' roster.
"Rather than getting sucked into the agent-owner disengagement, Hank had the ability to neutralize emotions," said Shapiro. "He wanted to solve problems and he understood the importance of being able to work with all parties to discover the truth."
Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.