Not even close.
No manager in the history of the National League has ever managed a single team longer WITHOUT taking it to the World Series.
Leyland hit the greatest home run hitter in the history of baseball leadoff for four seasons, where he couldn't drive in any runs, and put natural right fielder-first baseman Bobby Bonilla at third base while natural third baseman Darnell Coles played right in 1987 and 1988.
Leyland bragged about this decision while Bonilla led the league in errors.
The following season, Leyland then put third baseman Jeff King at first while Bonilla stayed at third and the Bucs finished fifth.
ONLY AFTER FOUR SEASONS OF THIS DID HE FIGURE OUT WHAT POSITIONS HIS PLAYERS SHOULD PLAY!
Leyland never received the criticism he should have for strategic moves as costly to the Pirates in the playoffs as Bonds’ ineffectiveness, including starting relief pitcher Ted Power in Game Six of the 1990 NLCS (he didn’t last three innings), plus batting .188-hitting Curtis Wilkerson for .295 Don Slaught in Game Two of the ’91 NLCS to play lefty-righty, then watching Wilkerson get blown away by Alejandro Pena with the tying run on third to end the game.
He also failed to walk Greg Olsen with first base open and Rafael Belliard on deck in a tie game in the ninth inning of Game Six—then watched the Atlanta catcher collect the game-winning hit.
He even failed to prepare Stan Belinda with any work for a week during the Pirates’ collapse in Game Seven of the 1992 NLCS, then blamed an umpire’s call rather than his own inability to take out the ineffective Belinda for the loss.
Was made out to be a "Pittsburgh Guy" by the media; his hometown is Perrysburg, Ohio.
Also spoke of how he loved Pittsburgh but then walked away from his job with four years on his contract to permanently change a once glamorous franchise’s reputation to a team nobody wants to play for.
Along with his tutor Tony La Russa, brought overspecialization to baseball.
And is said to have played a large part in pushing General Manager Ted Simmons out the door. The Bucs haven't had a winning season since.
Today, his soundbites are often lampooned nationwide on "Imus in the Morning." After he left Pittsburgh, a book, "If They Don't Win It's a Shame," painted him in a different light than the image he had in Pittsburgh; touched upon something of a too-close relationship he had with certain members of the media that looked the other way at his gaffes.
Jim Leyland is not only the most overrated sports figure in Pittsburgh during the last 30 years, but is the most overrated figure in sports, period.
He is a poor strategist, a sour man who consistently tells media of his players’ limits rather than strengths, and is as responsible for the Bucs’ current losing spin as anyone. It's no coincidence the Pirates’ best season of a generation, 1997, occurred immediately after his departure.
At least Gene Lamont put the players in the right positions!