Former Expos pitcher and New Brunswick-native Rheal Cormier dies at 53
Rheal Cormier smiles as he answers questions before his induction to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Saturday June 23, 2012 in St. Marys, Ontario. Born in Cape Pele, N.B. Cormier pitched for 16 big-league seasons the third most by a Canadian. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley
MONTREAL -- Rheal Cormier, the Canadian former Montreal Expos pitcher who went 16 seasons in Major League Baseball, has passed away.
He was 53.
Cormier was born in 1967 in Moncton, N.B. and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Draft.
He broke into the big league in 1991 and spent four years with St. Louis before being traded to Boston, where he played one season.
He was traded once again after that season, this time to Montreal. In his inaugural year as an Expo he went 7-10 with a 4.17 ERA and 100 strikeouts. He pitched only a single game for the Expos in 1997, before finishing out his career with another stint in Boston, then time with Philadelphia and Cincinnatti.
In 2012, the left-handed pitcher was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, alongside former Expos star Rusty Staub.
Cormier was diagnosed with a tumor in his lungs in January, 2020.
- With files from The Canadian Press