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Don Mattingly: "I feel like he's one of my kids"

Dee Gordon, Manager Don Mattingly, and Marlins President David Samson react to the second baseman's 80-game suspension.

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Marlins' All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon was suspended for 80 games for violating the performance enhancing drug policy, Major League Baseball announced early Friday morning.

Gordon tested positive for two banned substances, exogenous testosterone and clobestol.

Gordon issued the following statement on Friday, via the MLB Players Association and Miami Herald:

"Though I did not do so knowingly, I have been informed that test results showed I ingested something that contained prohibited substances," Gordon said Friday morning in a statement released by the MLB Players Association. "The hardest part about this is feeling that I have let down my teammates, the organization, and the fans. I have been careful to avoid products that could contain something banned by MLB and the 20-plus tests that I have taken and passed throughout my career prove this. I made a mistake and I accept the consequences."

Manager Don Mattingly expressed his disappointment after last night's game.  "Definitely shocked," he said. "I feel like he's one of my kids, I've known him so long."

The manager acknowledged the news dampened the excitement of Miami's four-game road sweep of the Dodgers, but that the season continues. "Stuff happens and you move forward," he said.

Mattingly's full reaction can be seen here, courtesy of the Miami Herald.

Marlins President David Samson spoke with reporters today as well, obviously not pleased with the news.

"It is a huge disappointment and a huge loss for our team," Samson said. "We love Dee Gordon, but we do not like what he did."

"The Marlins completely support the Major League Baseball drug prevention program," he said.

Samson's full media session can be found here.