Every New Year’s Day, we watch the ball drop in Times Square, tune in to the six million bowl games on TV and make at least one New Year’s resolution.

For the Miami Marlins, as well as the other 29 Major League Baseball teams, the goal is to win the World Series—or at least it should be. In order for that to happen soon—perhaps as early as the 2013 season, when no one expects them to win—changes must occur before Spring Training begins.

Some are cosmetic, others much larger in grandeur. 

If the Marlins apply these changes successfully, then a third World Series parade might not be out of the realm of possibility. However, if these resolutions fail, as is the case 88 percent of the time according to a 2007 survey of more than 3,000 people conducted by the British psychologist Richard Wiseman, then it might be generations before the Marlins have reason to celebrate.

So, before pitchers and catcher report to Jupiter, Fla., here are five changes the Marlins should make. 

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