"This book has a little something for every baseball fan. Each player pair are compared statistically, then Mr. Lombardi provides a nice narrative detailing the history of each player and his conclusions on why they're similar. So the statheads get their stats, the historians get some history, and for those of you like me who are both, you get a ton of useful information."
"By adjusting the career numbers of players to the same baseline -- so a hitter for the Rockies in the 1990s doesn't have an automatic edge over a hitter from the Dodgers in the 1960s -- Lombardi comes up with some very interesting and surprising comparisons.
".......for everybody, reading the Same Game cases will introduce you to several players you’ve either never heard of before or have forgotten about (like Shane Mack). If you’re looking for a baseball book that’s the perfect medium between Win Shares and I Was Right On Time, this is it."
".......an interesting new book out that compares players we might not necessarily associate with one other. Employing Sabermetric statistical principles like runs created against average (RCAA), new author Steve Lombardi has come up with 65 pairings, including some that are sure to raise eyebrows—at least upon first appearance."
"......Steve Lombardi uses several methods of statistical analysis to find the most compelling - and several of the strangest - comparables in baseball history. Then using these pairings as a point of departure, Lombardi takes us on a romp through baseball history. From Willie Mays and Honus Wagner to Bobby Bonds and Jimmy Wynn (trust me - it works), Lombardi connects the numbers and the dots.
Lombardi’s love for the game flows off the page, and offers the reader a unique perspective on some of the greatest players to ever live. But Same Game is as much about the events as it is about the players – which makes it a worthy read for historians and statheads alike."
As for the cases themselves there are some very interesting ones. I especially enjoyed seeing the similarities between Tom Seaver and Christy Mathewson, Mark McGwire and Johnny Mize, George Brett and Sam Crawford, Fergie Jenkins and Eddie Plank, and Barry Larkin and Jim Rice. These are especially interesting when the players made their contributions in very different ways as in the case of Larkin and Rice and even seen in Mize and McGwire. In each case Stephen provides a brief synopsis of the two careers and often uses the chance to discuss the relative merits of one or the other player for the Hall of Fame or makes a point about some other aspect of their careers that contributes to a fan's perception of these players - for example, in the case on Willie Hernandez and Jeff Reardon discussing the value of the Save statistic. I enjoyed the readability of the book and found lots of nuggets of info I hadn't heard before."
"Still, the game’s the thing… looking for interesting comparisons, and then commenting on same… and Lombardi does a fine job of that. While the pairings and the statistical comparisons in the book are often intriguing, what really gives The Baseball Same Game extra pizzazz are Lombardi’s editorial comments. In addition to dissecting the numbers, The Baseball Same Game also provides some background and commentary on each pair, making this far more (and far more interesting) than just a stats book."
Other websites where The Baseball Same Game has been mentioned include:
Brian Kamenetzky's Full Count, on June 29, 2005. "....an interesting perspective on classic baseball history arguments."
The Futility Infielder, on July 8, 2005. "...I've enjoyed browsing through the comparisons..."
Also, here are links to newspaper interviews regarding The Baseball Same Game:
"It’s the same game, different players - Author makes statistical comparisons of baseball pros from different eras" By Dan Newman, as it appeared in The Independent, on July 20, 2005.
"Local author's first work not your same old baseball book" By Tony Senk, as it appeared in The Monmouth Journal, on September 16, 2005.
2005 Stephen M. Lombardi.