Tito a fan of Tal's Hill in center field at Minute Maid Park

Tito a fan of Tal's Hill in center field at Minute Maid Park

HOUSTON -- The quirky Tal's Hill in center field at Minute Maid Park has plenty of detractors locally and nationally, and its future may even be up in the air as the Astros' front office re-evaluates the entire outfield areas for potential renovation in 2016 and beyond.

But the 436-foot mark in center, the high walls and the jutting angle in left that make up the outfield wall in Houston have a seemingly unlikely fan in Indians manager Terry Francona.

"I actually kind of like it," Francona said. "Of course, I don't have to cover the ground out there, but I think it's pretty cool. I love the idea of it."

Then again, he also has a luxury most teams don't have: Michael Bourn.

Cleveland's center fielder knows the hill all too well from his four seasons maneuvering around it as an Astros player.

"Bourn has been here so he understands it," Francona said. "There won't be an issue there, which is comforting as a manager."

Still, Francona -- a former outfielder himself -- said the team is careful to practice caroms off the left-field wall in their infrequent trips to Houston. On that front, at least, Francona's the one with experience, given his managerial history with the Red Sox and the famous Green Monster in left field at Fenway Park.

"I don't know why, I think [outfield quirks] add some personality, and that's part of our sport that maybe is kind of cool," Francona said. "Everything in football or basketball has to be symmetrical. That's not our game. There's always personality to the parks."

Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.