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Dee Gordon, Chris Hatcher remind us MLB can be cruel, soulless business

Dee Gordon was busy representing the Dodgers at two events on the day he was traded.
Dee Gordon was busy representing the Dodgers at two events on the day he was traded.
Roberto Baly | Vin Scully is My Homeboy

SAN DIEGO -- Both Dee Gordon and Chris Hatcher were jettisoned by their respective teams on Wednesday, but not before each put in extra time for their employer, a reminder that baseball might be a game, but it is also big business.

Gordon began his day at Union Elementary School in Los Angeles along with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to eat breakfast with students as part of an initiative called School Fuel, dedicated to providing breakfasts for half a million students in the L.A. Unified School District.

Later in the day Gordon moved on to San Fernando, where he participated of the grand re-opening of the Tujunga Little League t-ball field, which recently had its artificial turf stolen. Gordon met with kids and signed autographs, and at some point took a phone call, as captured by Roberto Baly of Vin Scully is My Homeboy above.

Gordon tweeted the following on Wednesday night:

"Thank you Dodgers for the last 6 years of my life. You are an amazing organization with tremendous leadership. You've stood by me in bad times and made me a stronger man today. And to the fans thank you for always being great to me. I look forward to my new organization with the Marlins and being part of something special in my home state. I grew up watching my Dad playing against the Marlins for many years at Pro Player Stadium and I can't wait to call Marlins Park my new home!"

Hatcher was busy overseas visiting military troops, representing the Marlins.

Much like Gordon, Hatcher handled the trade with class.