BBWAA honors Darvish’s interpreter

by Bill Chuck on December 14, 2012

Texas Rangers scout Joe Furukawa, who worked this year as the interpreter for Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, 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 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 on Jan. 11.

I presume the Rangers don’t need an interpreter to say “sayonara” to Josh Hamilton.

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