Former Red Sox reliever Rheal Cormier has his jersey retired by CCRI last weekend. Cormier led the Knights to the Junior College World Series in 1988.
Rheal Cormier '88
Rheal Cormier, a CCRI graduate and native of New Brunswick, Canada, pitched 16 years in the major leagues. The southpaw's 683 appearances for St. Louis (1991-94), Boston (1995, 1999-00), Montreal (1996-97), Philadelphia (2001-06) and Cincinnati (2006-07) represent the second most outings ever by a Canadian behind Paul Quantrill (841). He will be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in St. Mary's, Ontario on June 23.
Cormier finished his major league career with 71 wins, a 4.03 ERA and 760 strikeouts in 1,221 innings pitched. He had the best season of his professional career with the Phillies in 2003, where he finished the season with an 8-0 win-loss record and a 1.70 ERA. In his two post-season appearances in 1995 and 1999 with Boston, he pitched in eight games, compiling a 1.08 ERA over eight innings with 10 strikeouts.
Before he was drafted in the sixth round by the St. Louis Cardinals, Cormier pitched for the CCRI baseball team from 1987-88. He led the Knights to a third-place finish in the Junior College World Series in 1988 and was selected to the All Junior College World Series Team. During his CCRI career, he was twice selected to the Junior College All-American First Team. He finished with a 19-1 win-loss record and holds the following CCRI career records: innings pitched (168); wins (19); ERA (1.13); and strikeouts (226). In single-season school records, he leads pitchers in starts (15); wins (12); innings pitched (96); and strikeouts (147).
In international play, Cormier has represented Canada in a number of events, including the 1987 Pan Am Games, the 1988 and 2008 Olympics and the 2006 World Baseball Classic.