FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(ST. LOUIS) — The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the teams announced on Wednesday.In exchange for the six-time National League All-Star first baseman, the Cardinals traded catcher Carson Kelly, right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver and minor league infielder Andy Young to the Diamondbacks. St. Louis also gave Arizona its 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick.“We’ve been busy this off-season working to upgrade our lineup, and today we are excited to announce the acquisition of one of the game’s premier players in first baseman Paul Goldschmidt,” Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said in a statement.Goldschmidt, 31, was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2009 and was promoted to the majors in 2011. Since then, he has compiled a .297 batting average with 209 home runs and 710 RBI. This past season with Arizona he batted .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund December 6, 2018 /Sports News – National Cardinals Acquire first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks Written by
“The combination of a mild winter and a fairly benign flu season means that the first half of 2019 has followed in the footsteps of the second half of 2018. In fact, the first six months of this year have seen the lowest deaths on record since 2014.“If this trend continues then we can expect to see headlines in 2020 revising our current life expectancy predictions upwards. Pension schemes and insurers should pay close attention to these trends as those who followed the latest model from the CMI could find their liabilities increasing by well over 1%.”Consultancy group XPS estimated earlier this year that 82% of DB schemes had updated their longevity assumptions to reflect the most recent data. This was based on an analysis of 150 of the firm’s clients.Conor O’Reilly, head of analytics at Club Vita, said there was likely to be “at least some bounce back” in annuity values and liabilities when the CMI’s next model was published. Liability valuations could rise back to levels seen in 2017, he added.Looking further into the future, O’Reilly said there remained “plenty of scope for things to change in the remaining half of the year” given record-breaking temperatures recorded in July.“We need to consider whether any ‘bounce back’ in 2019 is expected to be a blip or a return towards the high levels of mortality improvements seen through much of the 2000s,” he said.A report by KPMG published in May warned of a “lost decade” in mortality improvements among DB scheme members after the CMI’s 2018 model was released.KPMG’s data meant that, for someone currently aged 45, their assumed pension scheme life expectancy at age 65 would fall to around 23 years in 2019 – a level last seen in 2009. Between 2012 and 2015, assumed life expectancy was roughly one year higher at just over 24 years.For a pension scheme member already aged 65, assumed life expectancy in KPMG’s survey fell to 21.9 years, the lowest since 2010. Some pension schemes could see their liabilities rise by more than 1% after recent mortality data indicated an increase in longevity improvements.Data from the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) for the first half of 2019 showed that England and Wales had experienced lower “standard mortality rates” (SMRs) than in 2018.The CMI’s data feeds into the longevity calculations for many UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes. Last year, a period of higher mortality led to a reduction in the rate at which longevity was improving, which in turn reduced pension scheme liabilities by an estimated 2.5%.Steven Baxter, head of research and development at longevity data specialist Club Vita, said: “It seems that after many years of doom and gloom for longevity in the UK we may finally have some good news to share.
Valtteri Bottas held off Lewis Hamilton to claim a morale-boosting victory over 2017’s world champion as Mercedes dominated F1’s season finale in the Abu Dhabi GP.It was Bottas’ third win of the year, but first since July, as the Finn made up for being beaten from pole in Brazil and denied his team-mate a perfect ending to his fourth title-winning campaign.Hamilton applied pressure on Bottas after the one round of pit stops but was unable to get close enough to the back of the sister Mercedes to attempt an overtake and had to settle for second place, eventually finishing three seconds behind.“Impossible to pass here man!” said Hamilton to Bottas as he congratulated his team-mate in the pre-podium holding room. “I was like ‘where are all the backmarkers?’ I think they’ve got to change this track!”Ferrari had run Mercedes close for much of 2017 but were no match for the world champions in the Yas Marina desert as Sebastian Vettel finished 19 seconds adrift in third place.But Bottas’ victory was not enough to deny Vettel the runner-up position to Hamilton in the drivers’ standings.“It was a bit lonely,” admitted Vettel. “We were in no man’s land. I would have liked to be in the hunt but I’m happy with the podium.”Like Ferrari, Red Bull endured a muted final race with Max Verstappen only fifth behind Kimi Raikkonen after failing to jump the Finn through the pit stops.Daniel Ricciardo had been running fourth in the other Red Bull but his race unravelled within a matter of laps just after half distance. A brush with the wall triggered an emergency pit stop and then the Australian promptly retired when his car developed a hydraulics fault.The DNF, Red Bull’s 13th of the year, also cost Ricciardo fourth place to Raikkonen in the drivers’ championship.It has been a season split in two halves with regards to dominance. Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari looked like he was cruising to the driver’s championship until the summer break from which point Hamilton took the title race by the scruff of the neck.Mercedes may have been pushed like never before in the hybrid turbo engine era this year, but 12 race wins and a fourth consecutive title double underline that they remain the team everyone has to try and catch when F1 2018 begins in earnest in Melbourne in four months’ time.RelatedFormula One Set For Exciting Grand Finale In Abu DhabiNovember 26, 2017In “Formula One”Hamilton Wins Again To Egde Closer to Fourth TitleOctober 8, 2017In “Formula One”The 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydij ReviewJuly 31, 2017In “Sports”