Slam moves Lee up list featuring Hall of Famers

Slam moves Lee up list featuring Hall of Famers

CHICAGO -- Add Carlos Lee's name to an elite list.

With one mighty swing on Tuesday night, Lee powered his way up MLB's all-time grand slam leaderboard.

Lee connected on a grand slam off Travis Wood in the Marlins' 9-5 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The drive to left was his 17th career grand slam. It's the second-highest active total in the game, behind Alex Rodriguez's 23. Rodriguez is tied with Lou Gehrig for the most slams ever.

Lee's now among a list of who's who.

Behind Rodriguez and Gehrig are Manny Ramirez (21), Eddie Murray (19), Willie McCovey (18), Robin Ventura (18), Jimmie Foxx (17), Ted Williams (17) and Lee.

Gehrig, Murray, McCovey, Foxx and Williams are Hall of Famers.

Why has Lee been so successful with the bases loaded?

"It's one of those things," the veteran first baseman said. "If you go out there and try to hit home runs, I think you're going to fail 90 percent of the time, or maybe more."

Lee was simply looking to drive the ball in the air.

"In that situation with less than two outs," he said, "I'm making sure I don't hit the ball on the ground."