Joseph Shane Nance
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 8", Weight 180 lb.
- School University of Houston
- High School J. Frank Dobie High School
- Debut August 24, 2002
- Final Game September 28, 2004
- Born September 7, 1977 in Pasadena, TX USA
Shane Nance pitched three years in the big leagues. He threw 39 strikeouts in his 43 innings.
Born in Texas, Nance went to J. Frank Dobie High School and the University of Houston. In college, he was 1997 Conference USA Freshman of the Year, 1998 Conference USA All Star Pitcher, and 2000 Regional MVP for the College World Series. He is one of only three University of Houston pitchers to get 100+ strikeouts in two different years. Shane was the star of the USA national team in 1998, going 6-1 with a 1.98 ERA, 67 strikeouts and 32 hits allowed in 50 IP. In the 1998 Baseball World Cup, he was 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA.
In the minors, he was in Yakima, Vero Beach, Jackson, Las Vegas, and Indianapolis before he was called up to the majors. Like Josh Bard, he was a member of the last amateur Team USA in the World Cup and the first professional Team USA in that event. In the 2001 Baseball World Cup, Nance allowed no runs in 6 1/3 IP, striking out 12 and allowing six hits. The Dodgers traded him in the summer of 2002 to the Milwaukee Brewers organization, and he came up with the Brewers for 4 games in 2002.
Highlights in the minors had included going 7-0 with Jackson and 11-3 with Las Vegas.
He was in the minors again with Indianapolis in 2003 for half the season, where he had a 1.38 ERA. Called up to the Brewers, he pitched in 26 games.
After the season, he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and spent much of 2004 at their Tucson team. He came up to the Diamondbacks for 19 games.
In 2005, he was at Tucson half the season until released. Signed by the Kansas City Royals, he spent the rest of the summer with their Omaha team.
It was announced on March 13, 2006 by the Kansas City Royals that Nance had retired.