Dodgers Hired Russian 'Healer' to Boost Wins
Russian immigrant sent positive energy to team
By Jane Yager, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2010 5:48 AM CDT
This Sept. 25, 2008 photo shows Los Angeles Dodgers owner and chairman Frank McCourt and his now-estranged wife Jamie McCourt in Los Angeles. Each of the McCourts claims the other hired Schpunt.   (AP Photo/Carlos Delgado)

(Newser) – Whenever the Dodgers stepped up to bat during their'08 National League West-winning season, a Russian emigre scientist watching the game on TV at his Massachusetts home sent mental waves of positive energy their way. Perhaps the strangest detail to emerge in the bitter divorce proceedings of Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt is that the McCourts employed Vladimir Shpunt, 71, to channel his healing powers toward Dodgers games for five years, beginning in 2004.

Shpunt, a physicist with a side business in faith healing, claims the energy in his hands "might be 10 or 15 times higher" than a normal person's—enough to heal the sick or turn around a baseball game. He says he often worked 4 hours a day for the team, and could increase the team's chance of winning 10% to 15%. The Dodgers bosses not only hired him to heal but listened to his diagnoses about who was to blame when the team lost, the LA Times reports. Jamie's lawyer says the team paid Shpunt a stipend, plus bonuses "six figures and even higher" for playoff wins.

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Jun 11, 2010 1:44 PM CDT
yike just when you thought- i will do this for five figures. but only for yanks or mets
Jun 11, 2010 1:43 PM CDT
He must have missed and hit Matt Stairs with that energy instead! Moon Shot!
Jun 11, 2010 12:01 PM CDT
This summary is BS, it had nothing to do with "faith healing". No where in your source did it mention "Faith healing" so how did you come up with it? Thanks Jane for impling that this was a religious act. Not the case, here is a quote from another article on what he said. "Along with being a physicist, Shpunt came to discover that "his hands generated much more energy than the average person's." He started to employ touch therapy with people seeking answers outside of modern medicine, "believing his healing energy would be transmitted to the source of the illness." Then, in the mid-'80s, he managed to help a girl who had hip pain, doing so from another room by simply thinking about how to relieve her pain, which made him realize he could use his energy "over distances." It is all related to his Science, there is not faith healing involved, Shpunt says he is a scientist and a healer, not a magician. His method could not guarantee the Dodgers would win, he says, but it could make a difference.