MINNEAPOLIS -- In a recent poll, Sports Illustrated asked 291 Major League players which manager they would most like to play for. Joe Maddon of the Rays finished first, ahead of Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Tigers skipper Jim Leyland.
Each of the first eight managers on the list led their clubs to a World Series appearance, with Maddon and Reds manager Dusty Baker being the only ones to not have won a World Series title. The first manager on the list without a World Series appearance was Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who ranked ninth.
When asked about the poll on Friday, Leyland -- who finished ahead of Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Baker to round out the top five -- shrugged it off while searching for a one-liner.
"Well, they didn't poll my guys," Leyland joked. "I can tell you that."