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.
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.
While the thrifty Marlins might have broken convention by shelling out 5-million for Giancarlo Stanton, they're still reluctant to spend big on sabermetrics.
After going through five managers and five losing seasons in five years, they are looking to hire, um, interns to get their analytics program off the ground.
GM Mitch Kupchak hired four staffers to comb through data from Sport VU cameras, which track player locations at a rate of 25 times per second, data that he says has "changed this whole business." Still, coach Byron Scott's open hostility toward the 3 -- the team ranks 25th in 3-point attempt rate -- demonstrates the Lakers' disbelief in implementing metrics on the court.
With Rex Ryan as coach, the Jets remained well behind the analytics curve in a league that is barely keeping up in its own right.
GM Dan Jennings has a scouting background and new skipper Mike Redmond doesn't have an inclination for metrics, having spent most of his catching tenure with the Marlins and Twins, who are also analtyics skeptics.
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.
But don't overlook a stable front office -- GM Brian Cashman since 1998, manager Joe Girardi since 2008 and director of quantitative analysis Michael Fishman since 2005 -- and a reliance on metrics.
Girardi consults with Fishman on tendencies before each series, and Cashman talks constantly with a 15-deep analytics staff, saying he used "hit velos" (ball speed off the bat) to justify last year's deal for third baseman Chase Headley.