The Home Run Derby did not last long for Matt Kemp last year. Two home runs, last place, thank you for playing.

He is not the superstitious sort, much to the relief of the derby planners. Kemp accepted an invitation to captain the National League squad in this year's derby, and with it a second chance to go deep or go home.

If Kemp really were concerned about his luck, he might skip the derby, or at least try a different pitcher. But he tapped Dodgers bullpen coach Rob Flippo as his pitcher last year, and he is bringing Flippo back this year.