Tommyknockers apparently cancel rest of season

Tommyknockers apparently cancel rest of season

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

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  • Kathy Rowe
    August 1, 2021, 2:58 pm

    Unbelievable!! Butte finally gets something good and now it’s gone

  • Julie
    August 1, 2021, 3:20 pm

    Sad news to hear! Thank you to the team for rooting for the people of Butte! I personally loved going and I’m very thankful that the league came to Butte. Keep your heads held high you’ve stood for what you thought was right and I can 100% back your decision. Sad to see the management can’t see what great men you are! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the team and Butte.

    • George J Polich@Julie
      August 1, 2021, 5:02 pm

      Remind you of the Butte Dare Devils. Is the owner related to Joe Clark? What happens to the sponsorship money?

      • Steve Vargos@George J Polich
        August 1, 2021, 9:33 pm

        The players should be congratulated on a great season. In addition the people of Butte are strong supporters of athletics and should be recognized for outstanding support. As in most cases, it is the leadership and management of the organization that eventually corrupts the end product. Hopefully the Knockers will return in 2022

        • George Foley@Steve Vargos
          August 2, 2021, 4:58 pm

          These kids were used as pawns by management. J.P. brought them here and he needs to fix this if they are coming back. Remember they wanted a party hot tub and talked about a lazy river down the road. Is anyone really surprized by this? It happens all over this country in baseball, basketball, hockey etc. The guy at the top lives the good life while these poor kids suffered. How much did brass rake in on advertizing? They should be banging on doors with questions.


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