The relative success of the (presumably analytical) Athletics and the (presumably non-analytical) Reds came up in the Oswalt thread, and this article over at Fangraphs seemed relevant to that discussion. Rather than clutter up the Oswalt conversation, however, I thought I'd start a new thread for this topic.
A few thoughts on the article:
Recent World Series winners have come from all three tiers in the article, so it seems an analytical style, an old school style, or a mix can achieve success.
It's interesting to see teams like the Astros and Cubs in the highly analytical category. They've had some serious runs of futility lately, and so I wonder if they've been driven to a new, analytical style by their recent failures, or if they've simply been executing an analytical approach poorly the last couple years.
The Reds are listed as an "in between" organization at the moment. I'd like to think the Reds could become a more analytical team in the future, but I'm not sure how likely that is with the current management. I'm curious to hear what other posters think about Jocketty's tendency or willingness to keep up with analytical development in baseball.