Boston Red Sox

Pitcher Rheal Cormier of the Boston Red Sox during the Major League Baseball American League East game against the New York Yankees on 11 September 1999 at Yankee Stadium, New York, New York, United States. The Red Sox won the game 11 - 10. . (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

16-year MLB veteran Rheal Cormier, a reliever who spent three seasons with the Red Sox over two separate stints, died Monday at the age of 53 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Known primarily for his six-year run with the Phillies, the Canadian-born lefty was with the Sox via trade in 1995 and then joined the team as a free agent for a second stint from 1999 through 2000, and appeared in 172 total games with the Red Sox over his two-stint, three-season run with the franchise.

Cormier also played a significant role during Boston’s 1999 run to the ALCS, tossing 7.2 innings of shutout ball (and with eight strikeouts) over six total appearances against the Indians and Yankees.

He was also one hell of a teammate, both to his current and former teammates, as confirmed in this anecdote shared by 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Tony Massarotti.

Cormier, who retired following the 2008 Olympics, was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.