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Rhéal Paul Cormier (born April 23, 1967 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada) is a Canadian of Acadian
ancestry who is a free
agent Major League Baseball pitcher.
He attended Community College of
Rhode Island in Warwick, Rhode Island and was
drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 6th
round of the 1988 amateur
On July 31, 2006, Cormier was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Cincinnati Reds
for pitching prospect Justin Germano.
On April 28, 2007, Cormier was designated for
assignment by the Reds after a poor start to the 2007 campaign. He
had 3 IP, 9.00 ERA, and 1K that season. On May 13, 2007, The Atlanta Braves
signed Cormier to a minor league contract and assigned him to their
AAA-affiliate, the Richmond Braves. He only played for
them briefly and decided to take the summer off.
In 2008, he joined the Moncton Mets, a
senior team based in Moncton, New Brunswick, in an attempt to make
a come-back and join the Canadian Olympic Team participating in the
2008 Olympics in Beijing.
World Baseball Classic
Prior to the 2006 season, Cormier played for the Canada national baseball
team in the World Baseball Classic.
Despite winning two of three games, the team failed to advance
beyond the first round. While their record matched Team USA and Team Mexico, they were
eliminated in the tie breaker because they allowed the most
appeared in two of the games (Mexico and South Africa),
pitching 1.2 innings giving up 1 hit and allowing no earned
Cormier played for the Canada national baseball team in 1988 Summer
Olympics in Seoul, South Korea; at the
time baseball was a demonstration sport. The Canadian
team did not win a medal during this competition, ending with a 1-2
Cormier played for the Canadian national baseball team in the 2008 Summer
Olympics. At age 41, Cormier was the oldest baseball player in