Executive searches can be funny for a simple reason: There are many talented people in and around baseball, but many of their names aren’t known by casual fans. 
This, of course, leads to some fuss among fans, who often feel their team should have shot higher when hiring a president of baseball operations or general manager. In reality, they may have just never heard of the new hire because executives aren’t as recognizable by name as players. 
All of this said, it’s easy to understand the confusion when reports surfaced indicating the Mets were considering Adam Cromie, a lawyer, for their general manager opening. 
Cromie and Mets owner Steve Cohen had a face-to-face meeting on Tuesday night, according to the New York Post. 
It would seem Cromie’s candidacy is serious. 
Here are three things to know about Cromie: 
In 2017, Cromie, then the Nationals’ assistant general manager, left baseball to be a lawyer. He had spent 10 years in the Nationals’ front office, rising through the ranks, before the move. 
He works at Jones Day in Pittsburgh. According to the firm’s website, he has “represented several sports franchises in arbitration proceedings” in addition to his corporate practice.
As for his entire job description, the firm’s site says Cromie “focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border M&A (mergers and acquisitions) and corporate governance situations. He advises public and private companies and boards of directors engaged in acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, minority investments, capital raisings, and a variety of other strategic transactions. He has counseled clients in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, mining, renewable energy, technology, consumer retail, and sports and entertainment.”
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In 2017, CBS Sports wrote a great profile of Cromie and his decision to leave baseball. In it, Cromie discussed breaking into the game. (The story provides great insight into Cromie’s journey. It’s worth a read.). 
He went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst and earned his master’s degree in sports management, according to the story. He interned with Baseball Info Solutions and an independent league team, but neither got him a job with an MLB team. The story says he “almost walked away from baseball.”
“I went and attended two separate winter meetings, and was unable to even land an internship with a major-league club,” Cromie said in the profile. “At the end of that process, I moved back to Amherst and worked with a few faculty members who have their own agency in the New England area, and started to think about going back to law school at that point.”
Then this: 
“I got a phone call from Mark Scialabba, who is the (director of player development) now for the Nationals, and a former classmate of mine at UMass, asking me if I was willing to move to Florida, work for free, and maybe get a job somewhere down the road,” Cromie said. “My initial answer was no. He’s a very close friend, and I told him, ‘Look, I’ve been looking for a job in baseball for two years, I haven’t landed anything. I’m pretty set continuing down this other path. 
“Needless to say, I slept on it, woke up the next morning, and realized what a foolish decision I’d be making if I didn’t pursue what at that point was really my dream, which was to go work in baseball.”
In an MLB.com story from 2014, Cromie named judgment and conviction as the biggest things he learned from Washington general manager Mike Rizzo. 
“[Rizzo’s] faith in our decision-making process and in the quality of the people in our organization is unwavering,” Cromie said. “Even in the face of criticism, Mike stands up for what he believes is the correct decision and is resolute in his conviction to see those decisions through.”
The Mets, who are at a critical juncture as the franchise looks to move forward, need someone with conviction to lead baseball operations. 
Justin Toscano is the Mets beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Mets analysis, news, trades and more, please subscribe today and download our app.
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