Rob Flippo begins his 16th season with the Dodgers as bullpen catcher. He also serves as a batting practice pitcher and in that role, he participated in the 2011 and 2012 All-Star festivities as the pitcher for Matt Kemp in the Home Run Derby. He did the same in 2005 for Hee-Seop Choi. Flippo originally joined the Los Angeles organization as a Minor League catcher with the Dodgers' Class A affiliates in Bakersfield, CA and Yakima, WA, in 1989-90 before returning as a coach in 2001with the organization's Class A club in Wilmington. The 48-year-old Flippo served as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington from 1998-2001, where he was a hitting instructor and outfield and catchers coach while also serving as strength and conditioning coordinator. He also coached at Fresno State University (1996) and the University of South Alabama (1998). A native of Lodi, CA, Flippo graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1994, before earning a master's degree in physical education from the University of South Alabama (Mobile) in 1998 with an emphasis in exercise physiology. He attended San Joaquin Delta College (1986), where he was a two-year letterman and all-conference selection in 1986 at the University of Pacific (1986-89), he was a two-year letterman, served as team captain, and was named Conference Scholar Athlete in 1987. Flippo and his wife of 17 years, Kelly, reside in Kingsburg, CA, with their two children, Brittony, 28, and Ryan, 15.