The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced its 2012 inductees on Tuesday morning. Included is former St. Louis Cardinals left-handed pitcher Rheal Cormier.
Other members of the Class of 2012 are former Montreal Expos star Rusty Staub, known as “Le Grande Orange” due to his red (orange) hair, former MLB pitcher and current Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, and the entire 2011 Canadian National Team, which won the nation’s first gold medal in international competition at the Pan-American Games.
Cormier, known as “Frenchy,” is a native of Moncton, New Brunswick. He was drafted in the sixth round in 1988 by the Cardinals and made his MLB debut in August 1991. He pitched for St. Louis through 1994 and was traded to Boston for the 1995 season. With the Cardinals, Cormier had primarily been a starter, logging a 24-23 record with a 4.12 ERA in 85 games, including 68 starts.
He went on to pitch 16 years and 683 games in the major leagues for St. Louis, Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia and Cincinnati. Cormier finished in 2007 with a career 71-64 record and 4.03 ERA. He also pitched for Team Canada on numerous occasions, including the 2006 World Baseball Classic as well as in the Olympics in 1988 and in 2008. In the latter case, Cormier came back from retirement to participate.
Other individuals with Cardinals ties already in the Canadian Baseball Hall include Larry Walker, Dave McKay, Tom Henke and Reggie Cleveland as well as earlier players Tip O’Neill, Larry McLean, Rocky Nelson, Tom Burgess, Oscar Judd, Ron Taylor and Ron Piche.
The 2012 inductees will be honored on June 23 during ceremonies at the Hall, which is located in St. Marys, Ontario.