ATLANTA -- The Facebook pages of several major league teams were hacked into on Thursday and the Marlins were among the victims.
For a brief moment, the Marlins Facebook page, which has 278,711 likes, promised "the first 10,000 fans ages 18 and under a free rescued fighting pitbull courtesy of the Dade County Animal Rescue League."
The announcement stayed up for a few minutes before being taken down. Pit bulls are banned in Miami-Dade County. Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle earlier this season specifically moved his family to Broward County so he could keep his pitbulls.
The Marlins deferred comment to MLB Advanced Media, which runs the Facebook pages of all 30 teams.
Other team pages hacked included the Yankees, which announced that shortstop Derek Jeter would undergo "sex reassignment surgery"; the Padres, which strongly discouraged attendance by the handicapped; the Nationals, which announced the team was going back to Montreal; the Cubs, which proclaimed "[Expletive] Bill Murray"; the Giants, which made a derogatory Chick-Fil-A comment; and the White Sox, which read: "Everybody knows President Obama is a diehard ChiSox Fan. Unfortunately, we're voting for Mitt Romney. #Muslim President."
MLB Advanced Media released the following regarding the incident:
"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."