First season: 1993
Years in league: 1993-1995
Ballpark: Branch Rickey Stadium
Like so many of the cities that played in the early seasons of the Frontier League, Portsmouth had an older ballpark that had hosted Class-D baseball in the thirties and forties, and the Frontier League marked the return of professional baseball after decades.
A charter member of the Frontier League, the Explorers were always a mediocre team, although they had a couple of outstanding individual performances. Joe Miller in 1994 became the first Frontier League player to reach the .400 plateau when he won the batting crown with a .402 mark. Jeff Snyder became the second Explorer in a row to win a batting crown, posting a .398 mark in 1995. With one more hit he would also have become the second Explorer to reach the .400 mark.
The Explorers finished last in the league in attendance in 1995, drawing less than 12,000 fans for the season. With the league moving to better ballparks in bigger markets, it was only a matter of time before the Explorers left. When the Midwest League vacated Springfield, IL following the 1995 season, the opportunity was too good to pass up. The Explorers were sold and became the Springfield Capitals in 1996.
Branch Rickey Stadium in Portsmouth, OH, home of the Portsmouth Explorers, was built in 1935.
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Major Award Winners: none
Explorers Post-Season All-Stars:
1994 2B Dan Bartolomeo; OF Joe Miller
1995 SS Robert Camarillo; OF Jeff Snyder
Players on FL Tenth Anniversary All-Star Team: none
Franchise Player: OF Joe Miller (1994) only played one season in Portsmouth, but he made the best of it. He hit .402-10-45 to win the team's Triple Crown. His .402 mark led the league.
Explorers in the majors: none