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Added June 11th, 2010 by Chalk

Dodgers Pay Faith Healer Six Figures For Positive Thoughts
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“I guarantee you I never thought I’d write these words: ‘The Dodgers paid a Russian faith healer at least six figures to send positive feelings from thousand miles away.'” That’s the reaction from Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness to a fantastical feature in the Los Angeles Times about Vladimir Shpunt, a 71-year-old Russian immigrant living near Boston, with three physics degrees and a letter of reference from a Nobel Prize winner.

Bert Fields, an attorney for Jamie, said the Dodgers paid Shpunt a stipend, plus a bonus of “certainly six figures and even higher” depending on whether the Dodgers won the National League West title and how far the team advanced in the playoffs.

Besides Shpunt, the main source for the article is Barry Cohen, an executive leadership consultant who worked with McCourt, the Dodgers owners who are in the midst of divorcing, and who introduced Shpunt to Jamie McCourt.

Among Cohen’s claims:

  • Shpunt’s energy could increase the chance of winning by 10% to 15%
  • In 2005, Jamie referred outfielder Jayson Werth to him for treatment of a wrist injury, after Werth had told her of his interest in alternative medicine — Werth had one in-person healing session and one distance healing session, apparently not successful

 
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