Rogue MLB employee creates bizarre MLB Facebook posts

Published On August 3, 2012 | By Arielle Aronson

If you follow any MLB teams on Facebook, you might have noticed something was a bit amiss Thursday. The New York Yankees team page announced Derek Jeter would be out of the lineup for the rest of the season by posting the following:

“We regret to inform our fans that Derek Jeter will miss the rest of the season with sexual reassignment surgery. He promised to come back stronger than ever in 2013 as Minnie Mantlez.”

The Yankees weren’t the only team posting strange announcements on Facebook. The Washington Nationals announced to their fans, “We’re going back to Montreal. SEE YA SUCKERS!!!!!!” The Chicago White Sox revealed their political allegiance, saying, “Everyone knows President Obama is a die hard ChiSox fan. Unfortunately, we’re voting for Romney. #MuslimPresident”

Other strange Facebook posts appeared on the Angels, Braves, Padres, Cubs, Giants and Marlins pages. Deadspin sports first reported on the onslaught of strange Facebook postings, figuring a hacker had somehow gotten into the team pages.

The work, it turns out, was not that of a hacker but rather that of a rogue MLB employee, Deadspin reported Friday. According to a statement from Facebook, the social networking site was aware of the strange posts and attributed them to an administer of the pages.

“Recently, several Pages made unauthorized posts as a result of actions from a single rogue administrator of these Pages,” the Facebook statement said. “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.”

Deadspin claims it spoke with the unnamed MLB employee responsible for the postings. The employee claimed many MLB workers who earn less than a living wage have access to all 30 teams’ Facebook pages and said the postings were part of a stunt not intended for the public eye. The employee also told Deadspin “the best ones” were not seen by the public.

That leaves us wondering – what did the employee have to say about the Red Sox?

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Arielle Aronson is a sports writer and recent graduate from Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Print Journalism Magna Cum Laude. Arielle has a passion for sports cultivated from growing up with two older brothers. She also enjoys playing the piano, reading and traveling.