Ito, Yoshihiro 伊藤 義弘 (いとう・よしひろ)
Born: 06/01/1982 (age 36)
Height: 177cm
Weight: 78kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Fukuoka
Draft: 2007, 4th Round
History: 東福岡高(甲)-国学院大-JR東海

[2/27/2017] Yoshihiro Ito to attend Nippon Taiiku University’s graduate program

Yoshihiro Ito got into Nippon Taiiku University’s graduate program. He is planning to study coaching while working on a teaching license and master’s degree.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2017


[12/6/2016] Updates on Akihisa Makida, Ryoji Katsuki, Yoshihiro Ito, Hiroki Sanada

Akihisa Makida thought about checking to see if other teams might be interested in his services, but he decided to retire because he wanted to be closer to his kids. Makida has two girls, seven and nine.

Lotte senryokugai Ryoji Katsuki decided to continue his playing career by returning to the Sendo Ichiba Golden Larks (Industrial League). He will be a player/coach. He had offers from Independent League teams, but he decided to return to the Golden Larks because of the team’s connection to Kumamoto.

Lotte senryokugai Yoshihiro Ito decided to retire after he failed to pass his tryout with the Yomiuri Giants in November. He is interested in becoming a physical education teacher.

Former Yomiuri Giant Hiroki Sanada has decided to retire. He spent the last couple of years playing in the Independent Leagues (Fukushima in 2015 and Fukui in 2016). He is slated to return to the Giants as a batting practice pitcher.

Source: Sponichi 12/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/6/2016Sponichi 12/6/2016


[11/17/2016] Yomiuri Giants checking Yoshihiro Ito during fall camp

The Yomiuri Giants invited Lotte senryokugai Yoshihiro Ito to fall camp for a tryout between November 16 and 18. Ito tossed a bullpen session (forty-one pitches) in front of Yoshinobu Takahashi on November 16.

Source: Daily Sports 11/17/2016, Sponichi 11/17/2016

[UPDATE 11/20 @ 6:10pm]

Ito did not pass his tryout with the Giants. He is planning to retire and is interested in working with children. He could pursue a career as a teacher.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/20/2016, Sponichi 11/20/2016, Sponichi 11/20/2016


[4/20/2016] Yoshihiro Ito tosses a bullpen session

Yoshihiro Ito had surgery on his right elbow last November. He tossed a bullpen session at Lotte Urawa on April 20. He threw thirty pitches to a squatting catcher. It was his first session with a squatting catcher since his surgery. He was happy with about five pitches. He could be ready to pitch in a rehab scrimmage/game next month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/20/2016