USATSI_7783763_154511044_lowresOne 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.



  1. Rob says:

    Concerns me a little that other clubs are narrowing the 2% gap.

  2. ken says:

    Maddon, Hickey and Martinez still give us an edge Rob. Plus, a buddy of mine who has a plebeian job with the Rays says that there's a "bunch of gizmo's" and "geeks' behind the scenes at the Trop. Cork, interesting food for thought...:)

  3. Geoff Peterson says:

    That seems like a great idea but you still have to have the personnel to produce the advantageous matchups. The computer can tell you the best option, but even the best option can fail.

    • ken says:

      Agreed....also the computer can indicate that so and so hits .520 against so and so, which means both so and so's have nearly a 50% failure rate. Thankfully, the game will always be all too Human.

  4. otownraysfan says:

    having data is one thing. HOW said data is used is the important thing. the 2% (or greater) was achieved and will hopefully be maintained by not only having the smartest tools available, but having the smartest peopling programing the tools and processing their output in the smartest fashion. being warm, genuine human beings only serves to compound the smartness! go rays - you da best; keep it dat way!

  5. Dave L says:

    What baseball calculations could possibly require a 'supercomputer'?

    This story must have a comical origin.

    This is silly.


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