One anonymous Major League Baseball team recently purchased a Cray supercomputer to process information during games according to The Economist.
The advantage of the supercomputer is that it can be used to process information during a game and do it quickly enough to impact decisions made later in the same game.
While that may sound like something right up the Rays’ alley, they are probably not the referenced team.
The team is described as “an organisation that, five years ago, most people would not have dreamed would need, or even want, a supercomputer.”
Five years ago, nobody would have been surprised if the Rays wanted to use a supercomputer.
Rather, that description sounds more like a big market club, possibly the Dodgers, or a team with a lot of recent success without a strong sabermetric reputation, such as the Cardinals.
Of course, there are other supercomputer manufacturers and you can even build your own supercomputer with a cluster of less powerful computers.
Therefore, this doesn’t mean the Rays aren’t using something similar. In fact, I would be surprised if the Rays weren’t making decisions based on in-game statistical breakdowns using a supercomputer or something similar.
It just means the Rays are probably not the team mentioned in the article.