BOSTON (CBS) — Former Red Sox reliever Rheal Cormier died Monday after a battle with cancer. Cormier was 53.
Cormier had two different stints with Boston, in 1995 and from 1999-2000, during his 16-year MLB career. Initially drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1988 out of the Community College of Rhode Island, Cormier played for five teams throughout his career.READ MORE: 'George Floyd’s Life Mattered': Local Politicians React To Derek Chauvin Verdict
The lefty was acquired by Boston in 1995 in a trade that sent Scott Cooper to St. Louis. Cormier went 7-5 with a 4.07 ERA for Boston that season over 48 appearances, including 12 starts. He was dealt to the Montreal Expos the following offseason in a trade that landed Wil Cordero in Boston.
Cormier re-signed with the Red Sox ahead of the 1999 season and went 5-3 with a 4.17 ERA and 1.291 WHIP over 124 games with Boston over the next two seasons. He was a fixture in the Boston bullpen for a pair of playoff teams as a reliable southpaw, tossing 7.2 scoreless innings in six playoff appearances during his second stint with the Red Sox.
His best season as a pro came in 2003 with the Philadelphia Phillies, when Cormier went 8-0 as a reliever with a 1.70 ERA.READ MORE: Gov. Baker Makes National Guard Available After Chauvin Guilty Verdict
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A native of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, Cormier was elected into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.