The Cincinnati second baseman did give Barney some advice early in his career.
"I asked him about turning double plays at second base, and he helped me out," Barney said. "I have a lot of respect for him and the way he plays the game defensively. He helped me out from Day 1. I respect the way he did that."
Phillips is second in the National League in fielding percentage, at .995. Barney knows that if he's to win the top defensive award, he has to wrestle it from Phillips, who has won it three of the last four years.
"I know that," Barney said. "He knows that. That's definitely not anything we talk about. Trust me on that."
What's the difference between the two?
"He makes it look easy," Barney said. "He's very good at it. He does things differently than I would in a lot of different ways, but he gets the job done every time. You have a lot of respect for a guy like that who can come in and make the plays he does."