But Nabholz stuck with it, and his fortunes turned.
"A lot of things go through your mind when you lose a couple and get the no-decisions," Nabholz told his hometown Reading Eagle. "Then, I started to get a couple breaks. Now, I've got four wins in a row."
Nabholz ended up concluding the season with two more wins, for a final record on the year of 8-7. He was in his second year in the majors that year, he went on to pitch in four more.
Nabholz' career began in 1988, taken by the Expos in the second round of the draft out of Towson University.
Nabholz hit the field for the Expos in 1989, at single-A Rockford. He went 13-5, with a 2.18 ERA. In 1990, Nabholz hit AA Jacksonville and AAA Indianapolis. He also made Montreal.
Nabholz started 11 games for the Expos in 1990, going 6-2, with a 2.83 ERA. In late August, Nabholz threw a one-hitter over seven innings against the Dodgers. But Nabholz looked for what needed improvement.
"I gave up one hit, but I walked six," Nabholz told reporters afterward. "That's not exactly what I wanted to do."
Nabholz then came back for 1991, getting that 8-7 record, with a 3.63 ERA. In 1992, he went 11-12 for Montreal, with a 3.32 ERA.
In 1993, Nabholz went 9-8, with a 4.09 ERA. The next year, the Indians traded for Nabholz, impressed with his work.
"He's experienced," Indians GM John Hart told The Associated Press after the trade. "He's got a winning record in the big leagues and he's left-handed."
Nabholz got just six outings with the Indians before moving to the Red Sox. Overall on the year, Nabholz was 3-5, with a 7.64 ERA. Nabholz played just one more season, as a reliever with the Cubs in 1995, ending his career.
- Pittsburgh Press, wire services, Sept. 1, 1990: Expos 5, Dodgers 2
- Reading Eagle, Sept. 22, 1991: Nabholz returns to winning form
- Lewiston Sun-Journal, Associated Press, Feb. 22, 1994: Nabholz looks for consistency
Made the Majors: 781 - 49.0%-X
Never Made Majors: 812-51.0%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 341-X
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 199