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Atlanta • The Facebook pages of several Major League Baseball teams were hacked Thursday afternoon. In some cases, existing content was replaced with status updates ranging from mildly amusing to downright vulgar.
MLB Advanced Media released the following statement: "For a brief moment today, a few MLB Club Facebook accounts were hacked and inappropriate material was briefly on display from those Clubs' pages on Facebook. MLB Advanced Media oversees these Facebook pages on behalf of the Clubs and regrets this occurrence. We are working with Facebook, Major League Baseball Security and, where appropriate, legal authorities to determine the circumstances surrounding this situation."Teams affected included the Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs via their official Twitter feed sent out the following messages: "The .Cubs and .Yankees Facebook accounts were hacked and inappropriate messages were posted on both pages moments ago" and "We apologize if you viewed this message. We're looking into what happened with the league and Facebook."The Yankees' page had a message that read: "We regret to inform our fans that Derek Jeter will miss the rest of the season with sexual reassignment surgery. He promises to come back stronger than ever in 2013 as Minnie Mantlez."
According to sports blog Deadspin, the Marlins' page announced: "Just a reminder tonight is FREE PITBULL NIGHT at Marlins Park. The first 10,000 fans ages 18 and under will receive a free rescued fighting Pitbull courtesy of the Dade County Animal Rescue League."
Pit bulls are banned in Miami-Dade County, which is why free agent acquisition Mark Buehrle, a pit bull owner, found a residence in Broward County.
By game time Thursday night, the timeline on the Marlins' page, which has more than 278,000 likes, was clear of the tomfoolery.