One MLB team has taken the trend of advanced statistics to an entirely new level.
According to a recent report in The Economist, a mystery MLB team has purchased a Cray supercomputer to use during games. These devices, which can crunch enormous amounts of data very rapidly, range in price from $500,000 to $60 million.
The team was not identified by Cray CEO Pete Ungaro, but Ungaro did provide a hint. From The Economist story:
"The team, which declines to be named, exemplifies an organisation that, five years ago, most people would not have dreamed would need, or even want, a supercomputer, he says."
That would appear to rule out clubs like the Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland A's, which have been known for their embrace of advanced statistics.
While it remains unclear what type of Cray computer this is, and how exactly it will be used, it would appear to provide a team a significant strategic advantage to be able to use during games.
Hopefully this team's foray into technology will go over better with MLB and the government than the Washington Nationals' use of drones at Spring Training.