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BBWAA honors Darvish’s interpreter

Kyodo

Rangers scout Joe Furukawa, who worked this year as the interpreter for Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, on Wednesday was named the 2012 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award winner by the Dallas-Forth Worth chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Furukawa, a Pacific Rim international scout for the Rangers, served as Darvish’s interpreter for all press conferences and media liaisons in the Japanese pitcher’s first season in the majors. Furukawa played for the Hiroshima Carp and Yokohama BayStars.

Furukawa will receive his award along with Rookie of the Year Darvish, Player of the Year Adrian Beltre, and Pitcher of the Year Matt Harrison, at the 2013 Texas Rangers Dr. Pepper Awards Show, which will be held in conjunction with the Texas Rangers Fan Fest at the Arlington Convention Center on Jan. 11.