Yankees Facebook Page Hacked With Fake Jeter News

MLB followed up with another message apologizing for the "inappropriate" hacked status

Friday, Aug 3, 2012  |  Updated 6:54 AM EDT
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Major League Baseball says it is looking into the hackings of several club Facebook pages Thursday, including one on the Yankees page that stated shortstop Derek Jeter was getting sexual reassignment surgery. 

A status posted just before 4 p.m. on the Yankees Facebook page, which boasts nearly 6 million followers, said, "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." 

It was taken down a short time later, and MLB followed up with another message apologizing for the "inappropriate" hacked status.

"The Yankees' Facebook page is controlled by Major League Baseball Advanced Media," the status read. "They are looking into the false post in cooperation with Facebook."

Several other MLB team pages were apparently hacked with rogue messages, including the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox, Miami Marlins, and the Los Angeles Angels, reports sports blog Deadspin.  

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