Itoi, Yoshio 糸井 嘉男 (いとい・よしお)
Hanshin Tigers | #7 | OF
Born: 07/30/1981 (age 37)
Height: 187cm
Weight: 88kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Kyoto
Draft: 2003, Jiyuu
History: 宮津高-近大-日本ハム-オリックス

[3/8/2019] Yoshio Itoi slowed by leg inflammation

Yoshio Itoi tweaked his legs when he slipped during fielding practice on March 5. Hanshin Head Coach Masaji Shimizu told reporters on March 7 that doctors found some inflammation in the veteran’s legs. Shimizu also said the injury was not serious and that doctors gave Itoi the green light to move around.

Itoi was originally slated to play in his first exhibition game on March 12, but might not see his first game until around March 16.

Source: Daily Sports 3/8/2019, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2019


[9/29/2018] Yoshio Itoi taken off active roster with shoulder injury

Yoshio Itoi hurt his left shoulder when he attempted a diving catch during a game against Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium on September 21. He played through the pain while getting treatment, but his condition did not improve. He was examined at a hospital in Nagoya and diagnosed with an injury to his left rotator cuff. He was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Tokyo Sports 9/29/2018, Daily Sports 9/29/2018, Sports Hochi 9/29/2018, Sponichi 9/29/2018, Sanspo 9/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/29/2018


[7/3/2018] Yoshio Itoi suffers fibula fracture

Yoshio Itoi was hit by a pitch near his right shin in the eighth inning of a game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium on June 30. He did not play on July 1 and was examined at a hospital in Osaka on July 2. The Hanshin Tigers announced on July 3 that Itoi was diagnosed with a right fibula fracture and was taken off the active roster.

The Tigers have not yet made an official decision regarding Itoi’s status for the All-Star series.

Source: Daily Sports 7/3/2018, Daily Sports 7/3/2018, Sponichi 7/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/3/2018, Sports Hochi 7/3/2018


[9/23/2017] Yoshio Itoi leaves gave after hurting hand

Yoshio Itoi left tonight’s game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium after he hurt his right hand. The incident took place in the bottom of the sixth inning when he attempted to catch a ball with a runner on first and two out. Both Itoi and second baseman Kai Ueda raced to catch the ball. Ueda turned away at the last minute. Itoi may have been distracted by Ueda and temporarily took his eye off the ball. Instead of making the catch, the ball hit Itoi directly on his right hand.

Itoi finished out the inning, but was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh. He was taken to a hospital for tests.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2017



[7/17/2017] Yoshio Itoi hurts right side on swing

Yoshio Itoi hurt his right side during an at bat in the fifth inning of tonight’s game against the Hiroshima Carp at Koshien Stadium. Itoi swung and missed at a 2-1 pitch and grabbed his right side. A Hanshin trainer popped out of the dugout to check on the veteran. Itoi left the field for treatment but did not return. He was replaced by Shun Takayama.

Source: Sponichi 7/17/2017, Daily Sports 7/17/2017, Tokyo Sports 7/17/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/17/2017



[6/9/2017] Yoshio Itoi tweaks left hamstring

Yoshio Itoi was replaced by a pinch-runner after he led off the sixth inning with a single to center during tonight’s game against the Softbank Hawks at YafuOku Dome. He and a team trainer were later seen leaving the stadium. He had an ice pack wrapped around his left hamstring.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/9/2017, Sponichi 6/9/2017, Tokyo Sports 6/9/2017, Sports Hochi 6/9/2017, Daily Sports 6/9/2017

[UPDATE 6/10 @ 10:45pm]

Itoi was diagnosed with a mild strain in his left hamstring. He will remain on the active roster for the time being.

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/10/2017, Nikkan Spor1ts 6/10/207Nikkan Sports 6/10/2017, Daily Sports 6/10/2017, Sponichi 6/10/2017

[UPDATE 6/13 @ 2:36pm]

Itoi might not be ready to return to the starting line-up until after Inter-league play ends. He had a follow-up exam on June 12 to check his progress.

Source: Sanspo 6/13/2017


[5/3/2017] Yoshio Itoi leaves game early as a precaution

Yoshio Itoi banged up his legs while sliding into home plate during today’s game against the Yakult Swallows at Jingu Stadium. The incident took place in the top of the eighth inning. Itoi was a runner at third and slid hard into Yuhei Nakamura. He was removed from the game on defense in the bottom of the eighth as a precaution.

On a side note: Tomoaki Kanemoto felt Nakamura deserved a warning because he unnecessarily blocked home plate.

Source: Tokyo Sports 5/3/2017, Sports Hochi 5/3/2017


Yoshio Itoi (Hanshin): Did You Know



June 2 vs Nippon Ham at Koshien Stadium – Itoi became the Hanshin Tigers’ ninety-ninth designated hitter in franchise history.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/2/2017

June 18 vs Rakuten at Koshien Stadium – Itoi recorded a hit as a pinch-hitter for the first time in his career.

Source: Sponichi 6/19/2017

August 30 vs Yakult at Koshien Stadium – Itoi recorded the first walk-off home run of his career. He still has not recorded a grand slam or a pinch-hit home run. He and Tommy Cruz (120 home runs) were the only hitters with over 100 home runs not to have a walk-off, bases loaded, or pinch-hit home run during their careers.

Itoi is also the third player to join the Tigers via free agency and hit a walk-off home run in their first year with the team. The other two: Atsushi Kataoka on September 22, 2002 against Hiroshima and Takahiro Arai on April 30, 2008 against Yakult.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/31/2017Sponichi 8/31/2017, Sanspo 8/31/2017


May 25 vs Yomiuri at Koshien Stadium – Itoi became the 167 player in NPB history to his 150 home runs in the fifth inning. The blast came off Tomoyuki Sugano.

Source: Daily Sports 5/25/2018, Sponichi 5/25/2018

June 2 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Itoi blasted a come-from-behind grand slam in the sixth inning. It was Itoi’s 151st home run and first grand slam. Prior to the grand slam, he was one of four players in NPB history with 150 or more home runs and no grand slams. The other three were Dave Roberts (183 home runs), Fernando Seguignol (172 home runs), and Seung-Yeop Lee (159 home runs).

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/3/2018, Daily Sports 6/3/2018

September 21 vs Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium – Itoi recorded the 1,500th hit of his career in the second inning off Yusuke Nomura and became the 124th player in NPB history to reach the milestone. He notched the 1,500th hit in his 1,395th career game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2018, Daily Sports 9/22/2018



Itoi told a reporter that he tried to skip practices often when he was a student. In college, he tried to skip practices to play Pachinko by saying he was going to get physical therapy. He spent the most amount of time practicing when he converted over from pitcher to position player in 2006.

When Itoi was in elementary school, he enjoyed soccer. He wanted to become a soccer player up until the time his father forced him to join a baseball team when he was in middle school.

Source: Tokyo Sports 4/12/2017


January 21 – Itoi signed a contract with Phiten.

Source: Daily Sports 1/21/2019


[4/2/2017] Yoshio Itoi leaves game early

Yoshio Itoi was hit by a pitch during today’s game against the Hiroshima Carp and was pulled early because of swelling.

With a runner on second and one out in the top of the fifth inning, Hiroshima’s Aren Kuri hit Itoi near his right elbow with a 139 km/h fastball. The thirty-five-year-old stayed in the game for the bottom of the fifth, but did not take the field in the bottom of the sixth.

Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters after the game that he pulled Itoi because of swelling. The veteran outfielder is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/2/2017, Tokyo Sports 4/2/2017


[2/21/2017] Yoshio Itoi hit by a batted ball

Yoshio Itoi suffered a bruise when a batted ball him in the right arm.

Itoi was running poles in the outfield during batting practice on February 21. While he was in right, a ball by Kosuke Fukudome struck him on the right arm. A couple of trainers quickly checked on Itoi. The thirty-five-year-old outfielder did not play catch or take batting practice after the incident. He suffered a minor bruise.

Source: Daily Sports 2/21/2017, Sports Hochi 2/21/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/21/2017