Worse than a broken bat

Marc Sanchez Aug 3, 2012

What up Major League Baseball teams and your Facebook accounts? Cap night is one thing, but if you read the Florida Marlins’ Facebook page yesterday, you might have been led to believe fans were to receive pit bulls. Adorable. Yankees fans were told via that team’s page, that super-star shortstop Derek Jeter would be out for the rest of the season due to sexual reassignment surgery. Turns out MLB team accounts were “hacked” yesterday. I use quotes there because it’s unclear on whether somebody broke into the accounts or the posts came from someone who had access to them (and maybe swallowed one too many wads of chewing tobacco).

Sophos reports:

Other clubs affected included the Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants.

Here’s a tip to the prankster: if you’re going to gain access to this many eyeballs, make sure you have something interesting to say. The posts ranged from outrageous to mean, and I think, they were trying to be funny. Missed the mark.

There’s a lot happening in the world.  Through it all, Marketplace is here for you. 

You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible. 

Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.