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Marti to the Majors

Tons of Miami-Dade athletes have made the progression from high school star to the professional level in their sport.

One of its top baseball coaches is ready to make the jump in a few months.

I sat down with Hialeah baseball coach Carlos Marti before Monday's GMAC quarterfinal. Marti made the decision earlier this year to step down as coach after this season to accept a job as a Major League scout for the New York Yankees. Marti will be working the local scene, scouting Dade County and South Florida players for the Bronx Bombers.

"It's something I've wanted for a long time," Marti said. "I have an interest in coaching in college, but that's hard to come by. This is a great opportunity and it has the added benefit where I don't have to move my family or have to hop around too much from place to place."

In five years as head coach at Hialeah, Marti led the T-Breds to state twice, and as an assistant to Rich Bielski, he was part of Hialeah's back-to-back championship teams in 2001-02.

On Monday, the T-Breds rallied from a 3-1 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to beat Krop and earn a spot in Tuesday's GMAC semifinals. Hialeah is the No. 1 seed in District 14-6A.