The Bismarck Larks signed with Willis Sports Agents in March of 2018 to assist with their players’ matriculation into Major League Baseball. The Larks are the newest member of the Northwoods League. The team was formed in Bismarck, North Dakota in 2017 and plays its home games at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark. The Larks’ name, logo, and colors were unveiled on October 13, 2016 after local fans voted for the team name. In its inaugural season, the team had 27 sellout games.
John Bollinger is the general manager of the Larks, which are owned by the ownership team of Dick Radatz, Jr., Kathy Radatz, Glenn Bosch, and Terry Daffinrud. The Larks are coached by Sean Repay, who enters his second year coaching the team. He led the team to a 31-40 record in its first season.
The Northwoods League features 18 teams, which are located in Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ontario. Teams consist of top collegiate talent from across the nation. These players compete in over 70 games in approximately 80 days throughout the summer, which prepares the players for the rigors of baseball at the minor league or major league levels. Over 141 alumni have made it to the Major Leagues, such as Jordan Zimmerman, Max Scherzer, Curtis Granderson, and Chris Sale. In 2015 alone, over 190 alumni were drafted in the MLB Draft. Mets manager Terry Collins is also an alumni of the Northwood League’s coaching ranks.