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A look at the New York Yankees' newest signing & Yankee Stadium's 2019 updates

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47   //    21 Mar 2019, 08:20 IST

Milkshakes at Yankee Stadium / Photo courtesy of the New York Yankees
Milkshakes at Yankee Stadium / Photo courtesy of the New York Yankees

Earlier today, the New York Yankees announced that they have signed two-time All-Star LHP Gio Gonzalez to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2019 spring training. Last season Gonzalez went 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA (171.0IP, 167H, 84R/80ER, 80BB, 148K, 17HR) in 32 starts with the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers in 2018.

The Hialeah, Florida native began the season with the Nationals before being traded to the Brewers along with international bonus pool money on August 31, 2018, in exchange for 1B/C K.J. Harrison and INF Gilbert Lara. In five starts for Milwaukee, Gonzalez went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA (25.1IP, 6ER) and 22K to help lead the Brewers to their first division title and postseason berth since 2011. 

In 313 games (307 starts) across parts of 11 Major League seasons with the Oakland Athletics (2008-11), Nationals (2012-18) and Brewers (2018), Gonzalez is 127-97 with a 3.69 ERA (1,814.0IP, 744ER). He ranks fifth among all pitchers with 283 starts this decade (since 2010). He was originally selected by the Chicago White Sox in the first round (38th overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

Following his first MLB All-Star nod with Oakland in 2011, Gonzalez finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting with Washington in 2012 after leading the Majors with a career-high 21 wins (21-8, 2.89 ERA in 32 starts). In 2017, he placed sixth in NL Cy Young Award voting, going 15-9 with a 2.96 ERA in 32 starts with the Nationals. With the New York Yankees, Gonzalez will be wearing uniform No. 43.

The Yankees' signing of Gio Gonzalez was not the only big Yankee-related news announcement today, as the 2019 Yankee Stadium Dining Menu was unveiled a private event. In collaboration with hospitality industry leader Legends, the New York Yankees unveiled numerous new exciting dining options -- which will be available to all Yankee Stadium guests throughout the 2019 season -- beginning with the Yankees’ home opener on Thursday, March 28 vs. the Baltimore Orioles.

Additionally, the Yankees continue their focus on providing social gathering spaces that all fans will have access to throughout the season. Social gathering locations within Yankee Stadium include the Plymouth Rock Kids Clubhouse (Yankee Stadium’s children’s zone) located on the 300 Level in right field, Mastercard Batter’s Eye Deck in center field, Frank’s RedHot Terrace (overlooking the visitors bullpen), Toyota Terrace (overlooking the Yankees bullpen), AT&T Sports Lounge at Section 134, Budweiser Party Decks on the 300 Level concourse and Pepsi Food Court (located between Sections 125 and 127B). Fans are also welcome to take pre-game selfies in the Judge’s Chambers in right field, enjoy Monument Park (from the time gates open until 45 minutes prior to game time), and take in the club’s history in the New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America (from the time gates open until the end of the eighth inning).

Fans will also be able to enjoy the City Winery Wine Bar in Section 106 as well as the Blue Point Bleachers Bar on the 200 Level in the left field bleachers, which is home to the NY Pinstripe Pilsner, as available exclusively at Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium’s expanded culinary menu will provide an increased variety of delicious ballpark food and beverages as a result of the club’s ongoing efforts to improve the fan experience for all guests. Fans are encouraged to visit www.yankees.com/eats for a downloadable dining guide and more information on what Yankee Stadium's menus.

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