Dane Wagner fired as GM of Tommyknockers

Dane Wagner is no longer calling the shots for the Mining City Tommyknockers.

Wagner was fired as general manager of the Butte Expedition League baseball team Friday, manager Brandon Cowan said. He said co-owner Dave Sheffield broke the news to him.

The firing comes one day after Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive J.P. Gallagher told Butte Sports that a return of the Tommyknockers to Butte in 2022 was not possible with Wagner was part of the equation.

Sheffield, Dane Wagner and Steve Wagner are listed co-owners of the Tommyknockers in the team’s program. Steve Wagner is also the founder and president of the wooden-bat summer college baseball team.

It is unclear how or if the move affects Dane Wagner’s status as a team owner.

“He did not tell me that,” Cowan said of his conversation with Sheffield. “He just wanted to tell me know that Dane has been let go, and we’ll move on with something better next year.”

Gallagher said he demanded Steve Wagner appear before the Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners during their Aug. 25 meeting. The chief executive said Wagner agreed to appear.

In the midst of a playoff push, the Tommyknockers canceled the team’s final six games Sunday after a meeting with the team. Players, fed up with what they said were lies and broken promise to the team and the team’s intern’s, demanded that the fans be admitted for free to the final four home games.

The players were also planning to play with the Expedition League logo on their hats and jerseys covered with tape.

Players say Dane Wagner agreed the demands. Less than an hour later, however, the Tommyknockers called off the season.

Steve Wagner did not return messages Thursday or Friday. Dane Wagner did not return messages on Thursday.

Cowan managed the team the final month of the season. After manager Tom Carty left the team for work and personal reasons. Cowan said he would like to be back next year.