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Slip Pitch - Are Slip Pitches an Alternative to Off-speed?

The Slip Pitch - Are Slip Pitches an Alternative to Off-speed Pitches?

Slip pitches are any of the pitches where the idea behind getting the movement or deception come from the baseball slipping out of the pitchers hand.  Some examples of slip pitches are the forkball, palmball, spit ball, shiner, some variations of the split, etc.  Really any pitch where the baseball "slips" out of the pitcher's hand.

Some parents and coaches believe the slip pitch to be a good alternative to the curveball or other off speed pitches, because everyone knows the curveball is bad to throw at a young age.  But is a slip pitch really a good alternative?

In my opinion, slip pitches are NOT a good alternative to the curveball or other off speed pitches at a young age.