"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.