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Statt-us Update 3-11-22 – Today’s Headlines & More

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The MLB Lockout Is Over

The MLB Players’ Association agreed to terms with the league’s owners regarding the Collective Bargaining agreement. The deal officially ends the 99-day lockout. Here are the changes and major topics they agreed upon:

-Opening Day for all of MLB is slated for April 7.

-Players can begin reporting for spring training today and are due to start on Sunday.

-The season will still consist of 162 games, with lost dates on the calendar made up with doubleheaders. Players will receive their full salaries.

-The minimum salary will rise from $570,500 to about $700,000 and the luxury tax threshold will increase from $210 million to around $230 million this year.

-Among the changes in the new CBA is the return of nine-inning doubleheaders, and a removal of the runner-on-second rule to start extra innings.

-officially introduced the designated hitter to the National League

-officials will have the 2022 Findlay Market parade during first home game against the Cleveland Guardians April 12th. 6:40pm for now.

-April 12 will be the first parade since 2019.

Pat Sajak Blasted for Calling ‘Wheel’ Contestant’s Story “Pointless”

“That may have been the most pointless story ever told. And you told it, Scott. Congratulations to you,” Sajak said.  You have to watch the video here.

Longtime Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak absolutely roasted a contestant for telling the “most pointless” story that the 75-year-old has ever heard during his 40-plus years as host.

The Tin Man’s Oil Can from ‘The Wizard of oz’ going up for auction

The oil can that Dorothy used to save The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz is going up for auction later this month as part of the Artifacts Of Hollywood & Music Auction. It’s the only surviving piece of The Tin Man’s original costume from the 1939 classic musical.  Click here to see the auction 

The minimum bidding on the item will start at $50,000 and rise in increments of $5,000. But experts predict the movie memorabilia will go for at least $200,000.

The oil can isn’t the only piece of pop culture the auction is featuring. A pair of sunglasses previously owned by Elvis Presley (and made from 14k white gold) are expected to go for $25,000.

JAIL FOR JUSSIE SMOLLETT! “You’re Just a Charlatan”

Judge to Jussie Smollett: “Turns out that you’re not a victim of a hate crime … You’re just a charlatan pretending to be the victim of a hate crime.”

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was sentenced to 30 months of probation, ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and spend 150 days in jail on Thursday for making false reports to police that he was the victim of a hate crime in January 2019.

After the judge announced his sentence, Smollett lowered his face mask and said he was innocent. “Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this,” the actor told the judge, before turning to the court. “And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that.”

‘Sesame Street’s’ Luis for more than 40 years, Emilio Delgado has died

Emilio Delgado, who spent years entertaining generations of children playing the Fix-It Shop owner Luis on “Sesame Street,” has died, according to his manager. He was 81.

Bigfoot Festival coming to Hocking Hills this summer

The 2022 Hocking Hills Bigfoot Festival will take place Aug. 5 and 6 in downtown Logan, Ohio, which is located in the Hocking Hills.  Logan, Ohio, is known as a popular nature destination for many across the state but the area is also known for being called the “Bigfoot Capital of the State.” Click here for more info about the event.