Major League Baseball named David Ortiz the Red Sox's nominee for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award, which annually recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each league.
Boston's designated hitter finished the season with 35 home runs and 104 RBIs, marking his eighth 30-100 year -- all with the Red Sox. That set a new franchise record, passing Hall of Famer Ted Williams.
Despite not playing the last week of the season, no other American League player drove in a higher percentage of his team's runs than Ortiz (16.4 percent).
The Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount. They were personally selected by Aaron to pick the best offensive performer in each league.
Continuing through Oct. 5, fans will have the opportunity to select one AL and one National League winner. The winners of the 2014 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the '14 World Series.
Ortiz won the award in 2005 with the Red Sox, batting .300 with 47 home runs and 148 RBIs. He also finished second in AL Most Valuable Player Award voting that season.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.