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Pitcher Lance Broadway posted a 15-1 record, with 151 Ks in 117 innings during his last season at Texas Christian University. He won the Triple Crown of pitching in Conference USA, and was named the circuit's pitcher of the year. In the two seasons prior, he had been an All-Conference selection. He was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the first round of the 2005 amateur draft. The 15th overall pick and 4th pitcher selected, Broadway was signed by Keith Staab for $1,570,000. He made his pro debut that season with the Winston-Salem Warthogs, he went 1-3 with a 4.58 ERA in 11 starts.

Broadway spent most of the 2006 season with the Birmingham Barons, he finished 8-8 with a 2.74 ERA and fanned 111 batters in 25 games. He made one start late in the season with the Charlotte Knights, allowing 2 earned runs over 6 innings. Baseball America rated him as having the best breaking pitch in the Southern League, and declared him to be the 4th best prospect in the White Sox system.

After a strong start with the Knights in 2007, Broadway struggled with consistency in July and August. The former first rounder ended the triple-A season with a record of 8-9, a 4.65 ERA, and walked 78 batters in 155.0 innings pitched. The White Sox promoted Broadway to the major leagues in September of that year. He debuted on September 7th, recorded a perfect 2/3 of an inning and registered his first major league strikeout. On September 11th, Broadway took a loss against the Cleveland Indians in his first career decision. He made his first major league start on September 27th. The tall right-hander pitched six shutout innings against the Kansas City Royals, recorded eight strikeouts, yielded just two hits, and earned his first win.

Broadway continued to rack up accolades in Baseball America prior to the 2008 season, as the publication ranked him as the second best prospect in the organization, and highlighted the 24-year-old for having the best change-up and curveball in Chicago's system. He spent most of the year with Charlotte, going 11-7, 4.66 in 24 games. In 7 games with Chicago, all but one in relief, he was 1-0, but with a 7.07 ERA. Still, he was considered ready to pitch in the big leagues and after 3 starts with Charlotte in 2009, he was called up to Chicago in late April. He made appearances in relief for the Pale Hose, pitching 16 innings with a loss and a 5.06 ERA. On May 30th, the Sox traded him to New York Mets in a deal for catcher Ramon Castro. However, the Mets sent him back down to AAA, where he was in the starting rotation of the Buffalo Bisons, going 5-7, 6.27 in a very disappointing performance. The Mets gave him a late-season look in spite of his lack of success in the International League, but he didn't much to change the negative impression, as his ERA was 6.75 in 8 relief outings. He made what would turn out to be his last major league appearance on September 26th.

Lance became a free agent after the 2009 season and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays for 2010. He spent another full season in AAA, and did even worse than his uninspiring performance of the previous season. He was 3-11, 7.66 in 29 games for the Las Vegas 51s, giving up 195 hits and 75 walks in 141 innings while striking out only 89 batters. He led the 2010 Pacific Coast League in both runs allowed (127), earned runs allowed (120) and walks while making the top five in hits allowed and losses. The Jays had seen enough and did not attempt to retain his services for the next year, and he was unable to find another team willing to give him another shot.

He played Agent O'Neil in the 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen.

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