You can imagine the jaws dropping when fans read on the New York Yankees official Facebook page that Derek Jeter had undergone a sex change or that the Washington Nationals are heading back to Montreal.
The New York Post reports the Yankees' Facebook page said the star shortstop would miss the rest of the season. “We regret to inform our fans that Derek Jeter will miss the rest of the season with sexual reassignment surgery,” the hacker posted. “He promises to come back stronger than ever in 2013 as Minnie Mantlez.”
The posts have since been removed and the Yankees issued an apology, "We apologize for anything inappropriate that appeared on the Yankees' Facebook page. The Yankees' Facebook page is controlled by Major League Baseball Advanced Media. They are looking into the false post in cooperation with Facebook."
The Cubs, White Sox, Giants, Marlins, Padres and Nationals all faced similar hacks, including shots at Chick-Fil-A, President Obama, and one post suggested the Washington Nationals would be returning to Montreal where they played until 2004, "We're going back to Montreal. SEE YA SUCKERS!!!!!!"
Facebook tells the New York Post via email, "Recently, several Pages made unauthorized posts as a result of actions from a single rogue administrator of these Pages." "Our team responded quickly and worked with our partners to eliminate the spam caused by this attack. This was an unique, isolated incident and we are always working to improve our systems to better protect our users and their data."
The Daily News reports the teams' Facebook pages are run by MLB Advanced Media, which issued a statement saying it "regrets this occurrence" and both the company and Facebook, along with MLB Security are working together to "determine the circumstances surrounding this situation."
Deadspin.com first reported on the hacks, posting many of them on the website.