MINNEAPOLIS -- For years, Justin Morneau was a fixture in Minnesota's clubhouse, his locker stall occupying one of the four corner lockers.
But as the Twins returned home Friday for the start of a lengthy homestand, Morneau's locker was filled by Josh Willingham. Minnesota traded Morneau to Pittsburgh, meaning one of the Twins' proven clubhouse leaders was gone.
Now as Minnesota plays out the remainder of the 2013 season, the Twins have to find a player who can fill that leadership void left behind after the trade.
"I think he taught a lot of guys in here how to go about their business the right way. That's going to be missed," said Twins closer Glen Perkins, who occupies one of the other corner lockers in the clubhouse. "Like I said the day we traded him, some other guys are going to have to step up."
This Twins team doesn't necessarily have that vocal type of leader that Morneau often was in the clubhouse. If something needed to be said, it was often the 32-year-old Morneau wh...