Eighteen seasons as the general manager of the Burlington Bees was enough for Chuck Brockett.

But running the day-to-day operations of the Class A Midwest League team will remain in the family.

Brockett’s daughter, Kim Parker, is taking over as the Bees’ GM as Opening Day approaches.

Parker, who has been in the Bees’ front office for the past eight seasons, the last four as assistant general manager, is ready for the chance after working closely with her father throughout her career.

“For me, I always felt I could be able to do it,” said Parker, 33, who becomes the first female general manager in the team’s history and is only the third female GM in Midwest League history. “I got to see more what’s going on, working with my father and seeing how things are done. When they offered me the position, I knew I was ready.

“I want to uphold the family tradition with Bees baseball.”

Brockett, 58, felt it was time to move on. He said he’s not retiring, it was just time to do something different.

“This is a younger person’s game,” said Brockett, who was hired after the 1999 season. “There’s a lot of work to it. Grinding. Most people don’t understand. They think the team goes away, we don’t do anything, or in the winter, we don’t do anything. It’s a 12-month-a-year job. You work really hard. I just got to the point where I don’t feel I can give everything … it just wears you out. At 58, I don’t want to be that way. Just get my summers back a little bit, enjoy coming to the game and having a beer. When a fan says, ‘Hey, would you like a beer?’ I can say ‘Yes,’ now.

“There was not really one thing that made the decision. Just multiple things over the last few years. I could just tell it was time. I was able to groom somebody into the position who is well-advanced to where I was when I took it over. I feel good that Kim can do a great job. I’m not concerned about that.”

Brockett has been associated with baseball in Burlington since 1994, when put together a Babe Ruth youth program. The local organization was host for the Babe Ruth World Series at Community Field in 1999, and the success of the event helped Brockett when he was hired by the Burlington Baseball Association.

“I first applied for the job (as Bees’ GM) when I got out of college. I wasn’t ready for the opportunity then,” Brockett said. “In 1999, after the (Babe Ruth) World Series, I was offered the job. I give a lot of credit to my wife, she talked me into taking the job. I’m glad I did.”

Brockett said he’ll miss the relationships he formed during his time as the general manager.

“Just meeting the players and coaches, getting to know them, I’ll miss that,” he said. “That’s been the best part of this.”

Parker started working for the team at age 15, selling 50/50 tickets and programs on game nights. Her first full-time job with the organization was director of group outings, a title she kept when she added duties as assistant general manager.

“When I first came on board, I thought I’ll work here at the ballpark for a few years, get some experience under my belt,” Parker said. “I always wanted to work in baseball. My dream would be to work for a Major League Baseball team. After a couple of years, my dream was to just work in baseball. For me, it was to carry on the dream of what my dad and I had here.”

Parker is aware of the challenges the Bees face. The market is the smallest among the full-season teams in minor-league baseball. The Bees’ attendance last season was 67,044, an average of 1,048 tickets sold per game. That number was the second-lowest in the 16-team Midwest League.

“We don’t have the glitz and glamor that some of the other teams have,” Parker said. “First impressions are everything. My take is, baseball in a small-market where you don’t have as many fans, it’s a labor of love. It’s all-hands-on-deck, all the time. Chuck has put his heart and soul into the Bees, and it takes a special person to do that. I have the same values he does. Literally, we give blood, sweat and tears to this place. It would have been heartbreaking to see someone else take over.”

Parker said the key will be to draw in fans that don’t normally attend games. That means more social media interaction, and there will be new on-field contests this season.

“It’s all about capturing the attention of people who aren’t necessarily baseball fans,” she said. “We have baseball. People who love baseball are already here for baseball. But how do we capture the attention of people who aren’t necessarily baseball fans for a whole nine innings?

“It’s about fan support. We have to do what we can to attract more fans.”

The Bees’ player development contract with the Los Angeles Angels expires at the end of the season. Parker is heading to Arizona to spring training to meet with Angels’ officials and the players who will be coming here.

The Angels have been with the Bees for the last five seasons. Brockett said the organization has been pleased with the accommodations for players and the field staff, especially with the host-family program that has provided housing for the last four seasons.

Brockett’s wife, Sue, will continue to work in the beer stand in the concession area. Brockett said he’ll still work the grill to prepare food on game nights.

“I’ll help out in any way that I can,” he said. “I’m in Kim’s back pocket if she needs anything.”

“I’m ready for this,” Parker said. “I know how much baseball means to Burlington.”