Hiroki Kokubo was asked by a fan during a recent talk event about how he planned on handling Alex Cabrera. Kokubo's response:
If it came down to a fight, I'd lose. We're both the same age so we should be frank with each other. We're a team that runs a lot. I'll tell him he needs to work on his running. I think he was running a little more with Orix than when he was with Seibu. ... But in order to win the job, I need to get out there and play. ... I've spoken a lot to Cabrera at first base. He also calls over to me a lot. A little bit in Japanese, and the rest in English. But to run after hitting the ball, that's a given [here]. I'm not worried though.