Engineering safer, better baseball
Galaz Baseball Technologies was founded in 1996 by Daniel “Dan” O. Galaz. The impetus behind GBT’s player development program was Dan’s passion for engineering and baseball. Dan played semi-pro in Tucson, Arizona where he was awarded the league’s “most outstanding pitcher” award as a rookie in 1979. Dan then played college ball at Central Arizona College, where he was a pre-engineering student, and transferred to the University of Arizona in 1984. In 1987, Dan left college to start a business that developed item banks of Trigonometry, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry and Biology problems which were used in student assessment by IBM and other large tech companies.
MISSION & PHILOSOPHY
1st -- Reduce the potential for injury
2nd -- Improve accuracy and/or contact
3rd -- Increase velocity and/or bat speed
GBT achieves these objectives for its players of all positions through the employment of biomechanical principles.
What is biomechanics?
Biomechanics is a movement specialist sub-discipline of kinesiology - the scientifc study of human movement - which uses the laws of motion/mechanics to interpret efficient or inefficient movement. A sound knowledge of biomechanics gives the movement specialist a true understanding of how efficient movement must be created and terminated for reducing injury, improving accuracy/contact and increasing velocity/bat speed. With a true understanding of how momentum transfers through each segment of the body that is involved in accelerating the baseball or bat at the points of contact, GBT formulates a more efficient way of accomplishing a better result. GBT develops efficient momentum transfer or, "sequential summation of movement' in all of its players through a comprehensive understanding and utlization of biomechanical analysis via 360° in-person and/or video analysis.
The clean air, excellent education and ripe tech environment of the Seattle area led Dan to move his family to Bellevue, Washington in 1995. While coaching a Pony League team in Bellevue, Dan implemented engineering principles into the training of his young players. During the 1996 season, Seattle Mariners President, Charles “Chuck” Armstrong was coaching his own son, Chuck Jr., on an opposing team and was eventually pitted against Dan’s team. The two struck up a friendship and the following year Dan and Chuck joined forces to coach together and won the 1997 Quad City Championship. Mr. Armstrong praised Dan’s ability to evaluate and develop young baseball talent by remarking “You have a gift to teach, and you should use it…” and GBT was born. Dan was subsequently hired as a scout for the Seattle Mariners in 1998. Dan’s unique engineering philosophy was utilized throughout his decade-long, Major League scouting career to assess and develop professional baseball prospects. In 2010, Dan retired from the Mariners organization to focus entirely on developing all ball players, for any team, at all levels. With an engineer’s mind and a scout’s eye for talent, Mr. Galaz and the GBT team strive to make players' career dreams a reality.