By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former MLB pitcher Rhéal Cormier has passed away. He was 53.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, there are reports that he passed away from cancer.
“Rhéal was one of the most vibrant people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing,” friend and former teammate Jim Thome said. “He loved baseball, but he always put his family first. Frenchy was the kind of guy who would do anything for you and I’m lucky to have called him my friend for many years. Our time spent together in Philadelphia as teammates were unforgettable. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.”
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Cormier began his MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played for the team from 1991 through 1994.
He spent the 1995 season with the Boston Red Sox. The following two seasons were spent with the Montréal Expos in 1996 and 1997.
Cormier returned to the Red Sox for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he played from 2001 through 2006.
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He played part of the 2006 season with the Cincinnati Reds. Cormier also played the 2007 season with the Reds.
Cormier was born in Canada. However, during his MLB career when he played for the Phillies, he became a United States citizen.
In his long MLB career, he went 71-64 in 683 appearances, including 108 starts. He has 105 games finished, seven complete games, one shutout, and two saves.
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He allowed 604 runs (547 earned runs), including 121 home runs, on 1,248 hits. Cormier had a 4.03 ERA in 1,221 2/3 innings. Cormier struck out 760 batters and 317 walks.
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