The Texas Rangers announced today that Joe Furukawa has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award in voting conducted by the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Furukawa, a Pacific Rim International Scout for the Rangers, worked closely with pitcher Yu Darvish in the right-hander's first Major League season in 2012. As part of his duties, Furukawa served as Darvish's interpreter for all press conferences and media availabilities. Furukawa begins his third year in the Texas organization in 2013 and his 14th as a professional scout. He resides in Hiroshima, Japan.
Furukawa will receive his award at the 2013 Texas Rangers Dr Pepper Awards Show, which will be held in conjunction with Texas Rangers Fan Fest on Friday, January 11 at the Arlington Convention Center. Other award winners include Player of the Year Adrian Beltre, Pitcher of the Year Matt Harrison, and Rookie of the Year Yu Darvish. Other award winners will be announced in upcoming weeks. Tickets for Fan Fest, which will take place January 11-12, are on sale at texasrangers.com/fanfest or by calling 972-RANGERS.