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Using Moneyball means, the Sox have since won three crowns, spending smartly on overlooked stars, valuing OBP and slugging over batting average, and abusing opponents' rotations by milking at-bats and raising pitch counts.Sure, the Yanks' 22 straight winning seasons owe, in part, to deep pockets.ESPN The Magazine and unleashed our experts and an army of researchers to rate 122 teams on the strength of each franchise's analytics staff, its buy-in from execs and coaches, its investment in biometric data and how much its approach is predicated on analytics.After looking at the stats, reaching out to every team and dozens of informed sources and evaluating each front office, we ranked an overall top 10 and bottom 10 and placed each team in one of five tiers by sport.When Philly hired Sam Hinkie in May 2013, the team became a test case for the GM's plan: dump overvalued mediocrity, lose (a lot) with cheap role players and load up on picks.With five staffers devoted to picking apart the CBA, mining player health and minting theories on roster construction, Hinkie has topped his former boss, Rockets GM Daryl Morey, as the NBA's most ardent analytic master.Exhibit A: signing a 35-year-old coming off an Achilles tear to a two-year, .5 million extension.Analytics will always tell you that's a bad idea -- even if he's Kobe Bryant.
"Analytics have been an important component of who we are since I walked in the door 15 years ago," says owner Mark Cuban, an early adopter of adjusted plus-minus.
Beane, the Rays were the first MLB team to go all-in on analytics and reach the promised land.
Since 2008, when it appeared in the World Series, Tampa Bay has been No.
After 84 years without a Series win, the Sox were salvaged in '02 by John Henry, an owner whose fortune grew from data-driven investments.
Henry whiffed on hiring Billy Beane but landed like-minded sabermetricians Bill James and Tom Tippett and made wunderkind Theo Epstein GM.