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."