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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:

PITCHERS: Tom Brown, Dave Freisleben, Bruce Kison, Ken Kravec, Rick Lysander, Mickey Mahler, Tommy Moore, Rick Peterson, Randy Sealy, Earl Stephenson

CATCHERS: Stan Cliburn, Pat Kelly

INFIELDERS: Willie Aikens (also with St. Lucie), Steve Dillard, Wayne Garrett, Garth Iorg, Wayne Krenchicki, Jim Morrison, Al Oliver

OUTFIELDERS: Gary Alexander, Gene Clines, Al Cowens, Hal McRae, Dan Meyer

DISABLED LIST: Tippy Martinez, Omar Moreno, Wayne Nordhagen

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)

[edit] 1989-1990 Stats (Incomplete)

Hitting Stats
Player POS AVG HR RBI SB
Willie Aikens 1B .261 1 5 0
Stan Cliburn C .281 4 31 1
Steve Dillard OF-IF .226 0 9 2
Garth Iorg SS .316 2 35 8
Wayne Krenchicki 2B .264 0 26 5
Ron LeFlore OF .317 1 15 3
Hal McRae DH .171 1 2 0
Dan Meyer OF .234 0 15 5
Omar Moreno OF .258 0 11 4
Jim Morrison 3B .290 17 55 8
Graig Nettles 1B .330 4 34 0
Jim Nettles OF .314 0 4 0
Wayne Nordhagen OF .310 8 42 0
Al Oliver DH .276 1 14 0
Jerry Royster OF .337 2 9 3


Pitching Stats
Pitcher W L ERA SV
Dan Boone 4 3 3.16  ?
Bruce Kison 2 3 4.53 0
Rick Lysander 5 2 1.17 11
Mickey Mahler 8 7 3.49 0
Tippy Martinez 2 3 4.30 0
Rick Peterson 4 2 5.40 0
Sammy Stewart 0 0 2.08 0
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