"...and the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series!" No, this is not a recording of the 1908 World Series. That was the 2016 World Series. The Cubs felt like Mount Everest was lifted off of their shoulders having reversed a century-long (and change) drought of championship glory by defeating the Cleveland Indians in the full seven game distance. Now the Cubs know that 29 other teams want to reach the top of the mountain like the Cubs have. Can the Cubbies repeat? Or will there be a new champion? What will it take to reach that top? For starters, it begins with setting up deals and signing quality players. The wheeling and dealing is what we'd like to call the Hot Stove. Something's always cooking in the offseason, and I'm not talking about good old Texas barbecue (maybe I'm biased). You then get into Spring Training to try to warm up for the upcoming season. After that, it's 162 games of the good, the bad, and the ugly. There's also an All-Star Game pitting the best players of the season. If you're good enough, you might even win your division of the American League or the National League. Or you may have to try to notch up a Wild Card berth for either league. Now comes the MLB playoffs. You have the Divisional Series, then the Championship Series, and finally- the World Series. Only after the World Series will we know who the best team in baseball is for 2017. Who will that team be? We'll find out all season long. So welcome to the new season of Major League Baseball here on GTPlanet! This is the all-in-one post regarding 2017 baseball. It's from offseason notes to the final game of the World Series and even postseason awards (if you like). Good luck to all of your favorite teams.