first, to answer your question, was it the era of the juiced player, obviously it was. But the real question is will we ever know all of the players that were using ‘roids or supplements. I mean all of the players who use supplements are looking to gain an advantage. And what about the players who used to take “greenies” like they were vitamins? Jim Bouton revealed in “Ball Four” in 1969 about the heavy use of those, but how long did it baseball to act on that one? Baseball did this to itself, and has no one else to blame. Bud Selig is now trying to clear his legacy with this Mitchell report, after having not only his head buried in the sand like an ostrich for so many years.. but all the rest of him so all you could see was the bottoms of his shoes!!
Shortly after winning his fifth best and fairest for Hawthorn, Mitchell was traded to the Eagles in one of the biggest coups in AFL football. At 34, he is still one of the finest players in the competition. He averaged disposals in 2016 and polled 16 Brownlow votes. Mitchell is ultra-professional with his preparation, but his razor-sharp football nous and dual-sided skills make him hard to quell, be it in the midfield or across half-back where he loves to organise and distribute. There will be a time when Mitchell’s output declines, but there are no indications it will be anytime soon.