Lance once hit
six home runs in a college doubleheader.
Lance was nicknamed
“Fatty Kruk” in college.
Lance was voted
1997 College Player of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association. He was also a Baseball America and Sporting
News First Team All-American.
career average at Rice shattered the old mark of .376, set by Jose Cruz,
After Lance signed
withe Astros, he worked with instructor Bill Virdon on his transition
to the outfield.
just 53 games in 1998, Lance was rated as one of the Top 10 prospects
in the Florida State League.
game in the 1998 Triple-A World Series was his second of the year. He
had hit three against Oklahoma City that August.
Lance was the starting
left fielder in the 1999 Futures Game at Fenway Park.
In 2001, Lance
became the first switch-hitter in history with 50 doubles and 30 homers
in the same season.
doubles and 94 extra-base hits in 2001 were the most ever by a switch-hitter.
Lance is one of
only four switch-hitters to hit 30 homers and bat .330 in the same year
(2001). The others are Mickey Mantle, Chipper Jones and Ripper Collins.
From 2001 to 2007, Lance hit a homer in September 21st each season. He and Lou Gehrig are the only players to homer on the same date seven seasons in a row.
Lance hit his 100th
home run in his 452nd game, becoming the fastest Astro to reach that
In 2002, Lance
joined Mickey Mantle as the only switch-hitters to club 10 homers in
their teams’ first 20 games.
Despite having moved to first base, Lance started the 2006 All-Star Game as a center fielder for the National League.
In 2006, Lance finished third in the MVP voting behind Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols.
Lance’s .621 slugging percentage in 2006 was the best of his career.
Lance tied for the NL lead in doubles in 2008 with 46.
Lance hit seven homers right-handed in 2008 to set a new personal high. He also established new personal records with 18 steals and 114 runs scored.
Lance hit his 300th homer off Jon Garland in 2009. Carlos Lee and Ivan Rodriguez also reached 300 home runs that year. It marked the first time in history three teammates hit their 300th homer in the same season.
Lance was voted NL Comeback Player of the Year for 2011.
Lance was an All-Star for the sixth time in 2011.
Lance holds the modern-day NL mark for RBIs by a switch-hitter with 136. Hall of Famer George Davis also drove in 136 for the New York Giants in 1897.
highlight play came on a missed diving catch that enabled Tony Womack
to circle the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam.
Lance suffers from
a fear of flying.
Lance is an avid
fan of the Golf Channel.
Berkman’s Bunch in conjunction with Methodist Hospital in Houston.
The program arranges free trips for kids to the ballpark to see the
Lance once took
batting practice wearing a sumo wrestling costume.
car was a 1977 pickup with no air conditioning or radio. He nicknamed
Lance and his wife
Cara were married in 1998. They have four kids—Hannah, Carly, Katie and Abigail.
chew is Dubble Bubble.
Lance says the
best barbecue in Houston is served at Goode & Co.
Lance hopes to coach baseball at Texas after he retir. He will need to finish the business degree he started at Rice University.