LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez led the major leagues in RBI in 2014, and on Monday was named the Dodgers' finalist for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award, given annually to "the most outstanding offensive performer in each league."
Gonzalez is one of 15 National League finalists - one for each team - for the award, which began in 1999. It was an attempt by Major League Baseball to create an award for hitters on par with the Cy Young Award for pitchers, but the popularity nor importance hasn't been realized.
The Dodgers offense was fairly balanced in the middle, with four key cogs making up the heart of the batting order:
Yasiel Puig: .296/.382/.480, 16 HR, 69 RBI, 92 runs, 145 OPS+, .379 wOBA, 147 wRC+
Gonzalez: .276/.335/.482, 27 HR, 116 RBI, 83 runs, 130 OPS+, .351 wOBA, 128 wRC+
Matt Kemp: .287/.346/.506, 25 HR, 89 RBI, 77 runs, 140 OPS+, .369 wOBA, 140 wRC+
Hanley Ramirez: .283/.369/.448, 13 HR, 71 RBI, 64 runs, 132 OPS+, .362 wOBA, 135 wRC+
Gonzalez it seems got a boost for his RBI total, but he was also the most healthy of the quartet all season. Gonzalez led the Dodgers with 159 games played, nine more than anyone else on the team.
Fans can vote for one player in each league online at MLB.com through Oct. 5, and the fan vote will count as one vote on a panel that includes Aaron himself. The voting panel also includes Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount.
Kemp is the only Dodger to win the Hank Aaron Award, capturing the honor in 2011.
The Hank Aaron Award Winner will be announced during the World Series.
Aaron, the all-time leader in RBI, led the majors (and the NL) in runs batted in four times in his career: 1957, 1960, 1963 and 1966.