The inaugural season of the Mining City Tommyknockers has apparently come to a premature end.
Players received unconfirmed word that there are no more games today.
That news comes shortly after the Tommyknocker players decided that the team should no longer charge admission to their home games. The team held a meeting Sunday, and owner/general manager Dane Wagner apparently agreed to their demands.
A player reached out to Butte Sports to get the word out.
“The team came to the consensus that enough is enough,” the player said. “The only reason we’re still playing is because of Butte and how good they have treated us.”
The player added that the team members said they would not play another game if Wagner did not agree to the conditions.
“The team stood up and decided it was time for the Tommyknockers to take a step up for Butte,” he said. “We don’t want them to make another damn dime off the people of Butte.”
About a half hour later, the player received the unconfirmed word that the season was over.
“One of the interns of the Tommyknockers called and said, ‘Dane told us to go home. Our work in Butte this summer is over.’”
The Tommyknocker players were told by a coach to meet at the field at 4 p.m., and that they “do not need their baseball stuff.”
The Mining City player said a player for the Badlands Big Sticks also texted him to say that their coaches said there is no game tonight.
The Tommyknockers were supposed to play the Big Sticks at 5:35 p.m. tonight. The teams are tied for the final Expedition Lewis Division playoff spot with six games left in the season.
After a an off day Monday, the Tommyknockers were supposed to host the Casper Horse Heads in a three-game series starting Tuesday.
Players have not been happy with the way they have been treated by the team all season. Opposing players have also expressed discontent. Multiple players for the Big Sticks told Butte Sports Friday that the pregame meals provided were “a joke.”
One Big Sticks player said that he loved the town of Butte and the field at 3 Legends Stadium, but said that that no players he talked to in the Expedition League ever want to play for the Tommyknockers.
Mining City manager Tom Carty, who signed all the Tommyknockers players in the offseason, left the team last month.
Wagner did not immediately return a call for this story.
The Expedition League is a wooden-bat college summer league. Players are not paid to play. 5 comments