Ito, Hikaru 伊藤 光 (いとう・ひかる)
Orix Buffaloes | #22 | C
Born: 04/22/1989 (age 30)
Height: 180cm
Weight: 83kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Aichi
Draft: 2007, High School 3rd Round
History: 明徳義塾高
Roster Changes: removed 04/14/2016, added 04/26/2016, removed 06/11/2016, added 07/05/2016

[7/9/2018] Orix Buffaloes and Yokohama Bay Stars agree on two-for-two trade

The Orix Buffaloes and Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they agreed on a two-for-two player trade. Orix will send twenty-nine-year-old catcher Hikaru Ito and twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Ken Akama to Yokohama for twenty-seven-year-old catcher Shuto Takajo and twenty-five-year-old infielder Hiroyuki Shirasaki.

The Buffaloes also released uniform numbers for their newest additions: Takajo number 22 and Shirasaki number 2.

Source: Orix 7/9/2018, Yokohama 7/9/2018, Sports Hochi 7/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2018, Sanspo 7/9/2018, Sponichi 7/9/2018, Daily Sports 7/9/2018

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Hikaru Ito: Did You Know


Ito told reporters during a press conference on December 18 that he married a thirty-year-old woman.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/18/2017, Sponichi 12/18/2017


Ito did not sign during his first round of salary negotiation after the 2017 season because he was not fully satisfied with discussions. He did agree to sign after his second round of salary negotiations on December 18. During a press conference, he said he wanted the front office to know he wanted to work on becoming the everyday catcher in 2018.

Source: Daily Sports 12/18/2017


[4/16/2016] Hikaru Ito taken off active roster

Hikaru Ito was taken off the active roster on April 15 because the coaching staff was unhappy with his work behind the plate. In the five games he made the starting line-up at catcher so far this year, the Buffaloes were 0-5.

Source: Sponichi 4/16/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/16/2016