Rhéal Paul Cormier
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 185 lb.
- School Community College of Rhode Island
- High School Polyvalente Louis J. Robichaud
- Debut August 15, 1991
- Final Game April 18, 2007
- Born April 23, 1967 in Moncton, NB CAN
Rhéal Cormier was a left-handed pitcher who spent most of his career as a LOOGY. Originally a starting pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals and Montreal Expos, he was converted to a full-time reliever in 1999 with the Boston Red Sox after multiple shoulder maladies beginning in 1997. After the season, he signed a long-term contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite up-and-down seasons, he posted a career year in 2003 at the age of 36: in 65 appearances, he won 8 games and had a 1.70 ERA. Cormier later regressed to the mean, making his last major league appearance in 2007, just days short of his 40th birthday. He is nicknamed "Frenchie" for being from French Canada, although in Quebec, his nickname is "l'Acadien" (The Acadian), a more precise reference to his origins.
Cormier had quite an international career. He was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team in 1985. While at the Community College of Rhode Island, he was named All-American in 1987 and 1988. He first appeared for Team Canada in the 1987 Pan American Games. He starred for them in the 1987 Intercontinental Cup, going 3-0 with a 0.57 ERA; he was the only non-Cuban in the top 6 in ERA, trailing Pablo Abreu and Rogelio García. He tied García, Jorge Luis Valdés and Rene Arocha for most wins in the tournament; the rest of Canada's staff was 1-9. Cormier was 1-1 with a 5.71 ERA for the Canadian national team in the 1988 Baseball World Cup. His 22 strikeouts (in 17 1/3 innings) tied Yi-Hsin Chen, Charles Nagy and Andy Benes for 4th in the tourney, but he also walked 10 and allowed 19 hits. 20 years later, he was with Canada for the 2008 Olympics, allowing no runs but 4 baserunners in 2 1/3 innings. He allowed an inherited runner to score the winning run in a 5-4 loss to Team USA, allowing a double by Terry Tiffee to score Brian Barden. At 41, Cormier was the elder statesman of the event.
He was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.