The Montreal Expos have had some great players wear the uniform over the years, including Chris Nabholz, and Expos Reloaded would like to highlight them to all in a new way.
In effort to bridge the gap between older Expos fans and younger generation, Expos Reloaded presents a Top 50 Expos of all time – according to WAR (as noted by Fangraphs) – series. (min 162 GP with Expos, not Nationals)
What will come out of this work should be interesting, giving us a view of how each player measures up according to today’s most popular statistics.
An update on what else these players were famous for, what they’re up to now, and where you can catch them on social media will also be included, as well as someof the better videos and interviews we can round up.
By all means, if you have fond memories and stories you’d like to share about these players, this is the perfect place to do so.
Hopefully you’ll enjoy ready through the series as much as it was fun compiling it!
We kick things off with a Southpaw who had great mound presence…
Birthdate: 1/5/1967 (51) Size: 6’5″ 212 lbs Bats/Throws: L/L
Chris Nabholz Related Quote
“Chris Nabholz, a rookie left-hander who was 0-6 in Class AAA ball this season, did not allow New York that one hit until there were two out in the sixth inning. Only when Tommy Herr served a line-drive single over the first-base bag did the Mets avoid the humiliation of becoming the 10th team this season to have a no-hitter thrown against it. What they did not avoid, however, was the shutout in what Nabholz believed to be his first complete game at any level this season.”
Montreal Expos Stats: 4 seasons
1990: 11 GP / 6 W, 2 L / 70 IP / 43 H / 32 BB / 53 SO / 2.83 ERA
1991: 24 GP / 8 W, 7 L / 153.2 IP / 134 H / 57 BB / 99 SO / 3.63 ERA
1992: 32 GP / 11 W, 12 L / 195 IP / 176 H / 74 BB / 130 SO / 3.32 ERA
1993: 26 GP / 9 W, 8 L / 116.2 IP / 100 H / 63 BB / 74 SO / 4.09 ERA
1990: .173 AVG / 1.07 Whip / .196 BAbip / 78.7% LOB% / 3.87 FIP
1991: .234 AVG / 1.24 Whip / .276 BAbip / 68.3% LOB% / 3.14 FIP
1992: .240 AVG / 1.28 Whip / .279 BAbip / 73.0% LOB% / 3.40 FIP
1993: .230 AVG / 1.40 Whip / .259 BAbip / 72.0% LOB% / 4.55 FIP
TOTAL WAR WITH EXPOS
Chris Nabholz, ExR Thoughts
Led by Dennis Martinez, the rotation that Nabholz was asked to joing was very talented and experienced, something that must have helped ease the young lefty into MLB. In what seemed like an almost seamless transition from the minors to The Show, Nabholz was able to help provide depth and solidify a rotation that needed it.
Despite only having 11 starts under his belt, Nabholz managed his best season in 1991 when he earned 3 WAR and finished the season ahead of Mark Gardner who held a 0.8 WAR.
Although his tenure with the Expos wasn’t the longest, he made a solid impact over a short time, as indicated by the significant WAR he managed over a short period of time.
Chris Nabholz: Information
Initially drafted: 30th rd (753rd overall) Indians in 1985 (did not sign)
Selected: One round before the Expos selected CF Marquis Grissom
Wore Number: 43 while with Expos
Highest WAR season: 3.0 in 1991
MLB Debut – Jun 11, 1990 with Expos
Expos Departure: Traded to the Indians for Dave Duplessis (minors) and J.J. Thobe
Last Appearance in MLB – Aug 8, 1995 with Cubs
Most similar: Noah Lowry
Played for a total of: 6 seasons
Last season played: for Cubs in 1995
Career Earnings – $1,972,500
Current Work: a home mortgage specialist
Family: His nephew Eli Nabholz is working his way towards being drafted
Chris Nabholz: Videos
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Chris Nabholz: Extra Reading and Sources
NY Times Sept 21st, 1990 – Surging Expos Put Mets’ Drive Into Reverse
Baltimore Sun Sept 22nd, 1990 – Nabholz a gem, as Expos suddenly sparkle
- Play Ball The Life and Troubled Times of Major League Baseball