The Bradenton Explorers were one of the eight original franchises that began play in the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989. The club had a record of 38-34 and finished in second place in the league's Northern Division, narrowly holding off the Orlando Juice. Jim Morrison led the league with 17 home runs, and pitcher Rick Lysander added a league-high 11 saves. In the playoffs, the Explorers lost to the St. Petersburg Pelicans, who went on to become league champions. For the league's second season, the team moved to Daytona Beach and became the Daytona Beach Explorers.
Home Ballpark: McKechnie Field
Manager: Clete Boyer
1989 Attendance 27,349 (36 Games) Average 760
1989 Opening Day Roster:
Other Players: Dan Boone, Doug Capilla (also with West Palm Beach), John D'Acquisto (also with St. Lucie), Chuck Dobson, Ron LeFlore (also with St. Petersburg), Graig Nettles (also with St. Lucie), Jim Nettles (also with St. Lucie), Jerry Royster, Manny Sanguillen, Sammy Stewart (also with St. Petersburg)
1989-1990 Stats (Incomplete)