Dan set a school record at the University of Memphis in 2001 with 28 doubles.
In 2001, Dan was named to the Conference USA All-Conference team along with future major leaguers Kevin Youkilis and John Maine.
Dan was the Northwest League’s All-Star second baseman in his first year of pro ball.
Dan’s first day in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ major-league camp in 2005 started badly. The first grounder hit his way popped up and smashed him in the face.
Dan was only one of two position players taken in the 2005 Rule 5 Draft.
Dan belted his first major league homer off Dewon Brazelton in an April 2006 game against the San Diego Padres. They had faced each other in youth ball, high school, college, and the minors.
Dan opened a lot of eyes early in his rookie season when he blasted a 430-foot home run in San Diego’s Petco Park.
Dan was honored as the NL’s top rookie with a Players Choice Award. These awards are determined by a secret ballot of the players. Winners get to pick a charity to receive a $20,000 check in their name. He beat out Ryan Zimmerman and Prince Fielder for the award.
Dan broke Hall of Famer Joe Gordon’s record for homers by a rookie second baseman. Dan hit 27 and Gordon hit 24, in 1938.
Dan’s 90 RBIs in 2006 set a new record for Marlin rookies. Jeff Connine had held the mark.
In 2007, Dan led all second basemen with 113 runs, 49 doubles and 31 home runs.
Dan had four multi-homer games in 2007—tops on the Marlins.
In a 2008 game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Dan broke a 2–2 tie in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off grand slam. Owner Jeffrey Loria got the ball and presented it to Dan after the game. The team’s hadn’t had a walk-off grand slam since 1997, when Bobby Bonilla hit one.
Dan was the first Rule 5 pick to make the All-Star Game in his rookie. He was also the first player to make three errors in an All-Star Game.
Dan’s first major league steal was a steal of home.
When Dan was selected to play in the 2006 All-Star Game, he bought a camcorder and made a video of his experience.
Dan hit the last homer at Shea Stadium before it was torn down.
Dan has his own fan club at Dolphin Stadium, Uggla’s Uglies.
Dan says he’d be a bartender if he hadn’t made it in baseball.