Plan would rename Boston bridge for David Ortiz

Ortiz is in his final season with the playoff-bound Red Sox

Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz watches his 500th career home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials are moving to name a bridge in honor of retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

The House of Representatives has approved a supplemental budget that includes language that would rename the Brookline Avenue Bridge the David Ortiz (Big Papi) Bridge.

The bridge spans the Massachusetts Turnpike between Landsdowne Street and Newbury Street, near Fenway Park.

Ortiz is in his final season with the playoff-bound Red Sox.

Lawmakers say the honor would recognize his accomplishments on and off the field. They note his charitable work on behalf of children in New England and his native Dominican Republic and his efforts after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing to help the city heal.

The House passed the bill during an informal session on Thursday. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press

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